City to select parking garage design

September 07, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

Danville City Commissioners will select a design for the downtown parking garage at 4 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The city's consultant firm, Bravura, will present four different concepts, some with four levels that will fit 250 spaces and the other with four and-one-half that will fit 300.

A four-level garage will allow retail space on the first floor. Without it there will be more spaces, but the city would lose revenue from the leases, said Julie Wagner, executive director of the Heart of Danville.

In the first phase of Bravura's study, consultants recommended that the garage be located behind the Hub-Gilcher building, did a traffic study, tested the soil under the site and researched environmental effects. That phase cost $101,000.


Once the Hub is developed the city will need 385 more spaces, but currently there is no shortage of short-term parking in the area.

During the study time, spaces were always available within a short walking distance, but Bravura found that driver perceptions are that there are none because parking isn't on every block and one-way streets make some spots difficult to find.

"Publicity campaigns and public information may be the only ways to encourage individuals to use the parking that is available," according to the report.

It also found that compliance with parking restrictions was above average.

Bravura, at the request of city commissioners, looked at lots on North Second Street, North Third Street, the Sav-A-Lot parking lot on Main Street and behind the Hub. The firm decided that after ramps were built there wouldn't be any more added parking spaces than was already on North Third and North Second streets. The Sav-A-Lot parking lot was considered the second best spot in town, but it might require the demolition of the grocery store.

The firm suggested the garage be built behind the Hub. City Commissioners have already spent $250,000 to buy property from Heritage Bank to build the garage.

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