Regina Police Service will be able to use their Saskatchewan Drive parking lot for another five years.
The parking lot agreement is renewed for five years, with a plan in place to find a more permanent solution to the problem.
The city agreed to let Regina Police Service use the parking lot in 2011, under a five-year contract.
It is on the southwest corner of Saskatchewan Drive and St. John Street.
Mayor Michael Fougere says while the parking situation is important, the city has other priorities as well.
“This is one of our priorities, so it’s not the only thing we’re looking at obviously. We’re looking at other infrastructure requirements for the city, but yes, we are looking to help resolve the issue.”
The Heritage Community Association’s Executive Director Shayna Stock says the parking lot does not make the community look good, considering the original plan for the parking lot was to make it a green space.
Surface parking lots are unsafe, unsightly and inherently hostile to pedestrians, according to Stock.
Fougere says he understands the Heritage Community Association’s concerns the parking lot may become permanent.
“It was pretty clear the community association, and quite rightly, is concerned about this being a never-ending parking area where indeed there is supposed to be green space in that area,” Fougere says. “We’re totally cognizant of what they require, what they want to see, and I think we want to move toward that goal of returning this back to the community so we can actually have a development on that site, not just a parking lot.”
The original five year agreement ended in June of 2016, while police have continued to use the lot without an agreement ever since.
Police are now looking for an eight-year extension on the deal.
Mayor Michael Fougere has said said it is possible the police service won’t require the parking lot for the full eight years.