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The Bethlehem Parking Authority's consultant is holding two upcoming public meetings Oct. 24.

Bethlehem wants you to share all your gripes and kudos for the city’s public parking system.

The Bethlehem Parking Authority and the city have hired Desman Design Management to perform a comprehensive review and evaluation of the Christmas City’s public parking.

As part of the study, the city wants the public to weigh in on the state of the city’s parking system via an online survey found here.

“The authority will be incorporating your thoughts and comments into the analyses, which will assist them in making informed future decisions on managing and operating public parking in the city of Bethlehem,” Mayor Bob Donchez said in a press release.

Desman will be holding two public presentations on Tuesday, Oct. 24 to provide an update on the status of the study, initial findings from the data collection, outreach and a laying out a timeline.

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The first meeting will be held at noon at Northampton Community College’s Fowler campus, 511 E. Third St., in room 623. Then at 6 p.m., Desman will make the same presentation in Bethlehem Town Hall. 

The authority is expected to wrap up construction of a 626-space new parking deck at Third and New Streets next month. The garage was controversial because some opponents argued there was plenty of parking in South Bethlehem already. Critics advocated for a comprehensive parking study.

Authority Executive Director Kevin Livingston was out of the office Wednesday afternoon and did not immediately respond to an email seeking details of the study.

The authority wants to build another garage at Third and Polk streets, which is seen as critical to the ongoing redevelopment of the Third Street corridor. The authority last month threatened the Sands casino with eminent domain if it does not consider selling the land to the authority.

It is also currently studying the future of its Walnut Street parking garage, which needs extensive repairs.

Sara K. Satullo may be reached at ssatullo@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.