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On today’s show we focus on everyone’s favorite suburb, Funky/Fabulous/Fashionable Ferndale. There, the city is preparing to break ground on a $28 million mixed-use parking structure adorably named “the dot” — short for “development on Troy” Street.

It’s a major development for the city, nearly tripling parking capacity on the site, adding four stories plus one underground level of parking, adding more than 11,000 square feet of new retail space and, possibly, new office space and housing. But it also means taking downtown Ferndale’s busiest parking lot offline for more than a year, adding to parking woes and stresses for local businesses.

We speak with Ferndale Assistant City Manager Joseph Gacioch about the project and how a parking structure fits in with the city’s vision for placemaking and a more vibrant downtown for business owners.

More renderings are below. The city’s website for all things the dot is here.

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