Tyler council approves design of downtown parking garage
POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:11pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:59pm
During their regularly held meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Tyler City Council unanimously voted to authorize a contract with Walker Parking Consultants/Engineers, Inc. to proceed with design of a Downtown parking garage structure.
To ensure that Downtown Tyler can accommodate the growing parking needs of its citizens; Walker Parking Consultants has recommended building a multi-level parking structure with between 300 and 400 spaces after conducting a parking study of the downtown area. The downtown area is approximately 12 city blocks bordered by Locust Street to the north, Fannin Avenue to the east, Elm Street to the south and Bois D’Arc Avenue to the west. Findings from the study showed that available parking in downtown meets current demand; however as redevelopment efforts continue in Downtown Tyler, parking demands will quickly exceed the existing supply of parking given vacancy in some office buildings and growth in public events.
This is the first project on the TIRZ No. 2 Project Plan to be presented for implementation.
Walker has submitted a complete proposal to move to final design of the structure. This design includes civil and architectural tasks utilizing local consultants. The proposal allows the City to reach 50 percent design and determine the most cost effective project delivery system for construction. The total fee, including an estimated cost for reimbursable expenses, is $452,515 for 100 percent design.
“With all of the exciting redevelopment projects recently completed and planned for downtown, like Liberty Hall, it is important to ensure that we are adequately planning for all aspects of this growth,” said Mayor Barbara Bass. “The proposed parking structure will provide parking to a variety of downtown patrons and will make sure there is ample parking to support future development in the downtown area.”