A $1.75 million federal transportation grant for a Danville parking garage was included in the $373 billion spending bill approved by Congress Thursday, according to Heart of Danville Executive Director Julie Wagner.
Wagner said Thursday afternoon she had contacted the office of U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky. and had learned that the grant was approved and that President Bush will sign the spending bill within the next 10 days. Sometime after the bill is signed, Bunning will come to Danville to make the announcement, she said.
The grant is for a "Hub-Gilcher Downtown Transportation Facility," and its formal title reflects the fact that the garage also would include a bus station and office area for the Bluegrass Community Action Agency's transportation program.
The proposed parking garage, which would be constructed in the parking lot behind the Hub-Gilcher buildings on Main Street, would include either 294 parking spaces or 251 spaces depending upon which design is selected. Its cost has been estimated at $4 million to $5 million.