By Matt Kroschel

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – If you want to get local residents talking, just ask them about parking in Breckenridge.

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It’s the number one concern on their minds according to years of public surveys and forums, and it continues to spur heated controversy over how to solve the problem.

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Proposed parking garage (credit: Town of Breckenridge)

Plans to build a 400 space parking garage in downtown have residents divided.

Concerns over the putting the garage in an already-crowded town core are countered with some people who say building the garage away from downtown would hurt businesses here. It’s a catch 22.

The new parking garage would be built on existing parking lots behind the Riverwalk Center .

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This comes after years of back and forth over the idea.

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The planning commission already approved it, and the there is a public comment meeting at 7 p.m. before town council is expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

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