Logan apartment owner: Park strip project a failure

A Logan property owner is calling the city’s park strip removal project a failure.Paul Howell, president of Triple H Properties, an LLC that owns some apartments near Adams Elementary School, told the Logan Municipal Council as much Tuesday night during a question-and-answer portion of the meeting.Howell told the council that he maintained part of the city’s property for 20 years and with the park strips gone, his renters have no place to park. He said parking permits can be purchased for $200 each, which for his apartments would be a $1,600 cost.Howell said he’d like to make a trade with the council: He’ll maintain the city’s park strip in exchange for parking permits. So far, however, he’s received no response to his proposal.”I just agreed to put a sprinkling system in and to do all I needed to do to maintain that property,” Howell said. “In my particular case, the grass has died.”Howell said this isn’t the first time a change in city ordinance has caused financial hardships for him as an apartment owner. In the late 1980s, the city restricted the number of unrelated persons who could live in one dwelling, and he lost money in some of his larger rentals. He said he’s convinced the city is trying to force renters out of the neighborhood, but for now, he is just trying to reach a compromise that will allow his tenants to park on the street in the winter without an exorbitant cost.

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