Stream Needs Parking Deal To Expand


Stream Global Services employs hundreds of people in Watertown.

Those employees park in four different lots and a garage leased from the city - all for a dollar a year. 

But now that agreement has expired, just as the call center plans to hire even more people. 

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency represents Stream Global. 

Don Alexander, head of the JCIDA, says a new deal needs to be reached before Stream can hire more people:

"We anticipate that this will all get resolved. It's simply a matter of making sure all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed," said Alexander.

The major issue is over the lot off Court Street behind Liberty Plaza. 

Stream employees rarely use it and the public often parks there. 

For now, the city wants the lot back.

"We would request that that would be a public, return to the public status so that it would be frist come first served, so the public could use it and then recognizing that if Stream built out to capacity, we could certainly look at re-negotiating the agreement," said Watertown City Manager Sharon Addison.

Alexander says Stream needs to know for sure that it will be able to use those parking spots if needed. 

He says the JCIDA is working on putting together a written proposal that will be agreeable for both Stream and the city. 

The proposal will also tackle maintenance for the lots.

City council will vote on the proposal once it's in writing. 

That's expected to be on May 20.

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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