Hancock County officials expressed concerns Tuesday about the potential sale of a city-owned parking lot behind the former Argyle apartment building.

Findlay City Council is considering legislation to sell the parking lot behind the 500 block of North Main Street to enable a developer to build a $31 million retail-residential development in and around the former Argyle apartment building space.

The development’s parking would include 150-160 spaces, one for each of the 122 apartment units and the rest for public parking.

The 58-space city parking lot is currently used by county employees who work at a county office building at 514 S. Main St.

Commissioner Brian Robertson said there are 37 spaces designated in that parking lot for county use. County employees also have access to a nearby parking lot at Cory and Hardin streets.

In discussions Tuesday, the county commissioners agreed they want at least 20 parking spaces for the adult probation department, located on the Main Street building’s first floor, and 23 spaces for the county prosecutor and county commissioner staff, located on the second floor.

Director of Court Services Kimberly Switzer told the commissioners that 700 to 800 individuals utilize the adult probation office monthly, which leaves parking at a minimum.

Commissioner Tim Bechtol said paperwork drawn up for the proposed sale of the city lot only lists one space for county parking. It also lists a sale price of $130,000.

In May 2013, Robertson said, the county and city reached an agreement in which the county agreed to sell the buildings next to the Dorney Plaza, and then use the money to buy the parking lot for $230,000.

The memorandum was signed by the commissioners, but not by city officials.

Bechtol said he didn’t think the county’s interest in the city lot will affect potential development of the site.

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