Santa Fe courthouse won't include public parking

Posted at: 02/13/2013 7:33 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe County officials have decided against providing public parking in the county's new courthouse even though parking for visitors was part of the sales pitch for financing for the project.

The Albuquerque Journal  say security was the reason cited for the county commission's 3-1 vote Tuesday to keep the public out of the courthouse's underground garage.

District Attorney Angela Pacheco said eliminating public parking will make the courthouse more secure for court officials and prosecutors.

Chief District Judge Raymond Ortiz said there should be public parking. He notes that it was promised to voters during a successful 2006 campaign for bond financing to partly pay for the project.

The judiciary is preparing to move into the building in April.

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