At least five years and several challenges after first planning it, Danville is ready to build a downtown parking garage. City manager Darrell Blenniss expects construction to begin in 30 to 60 days.
"We're just plowing ahead as planned," Blenniss said. "We always thought we'd be successful."
The city has received approval from the Federal Transit Authority and won a lawsuit giving it a clear title to the property.
The FTA assessed the environmental and historical impact of the garage, as well as how the city plans to use the $1.7 million federal grant it was awarded, but not actually given, in August 2004.
In March, the city completed the 12 pages of revisions the authority required, which mostly dealt with ensuring the federal money will be used exclusively for the bus station to house the Bluegrass Ultra-Service operated by Blue Grass Community Action Agency that will be incorporated in the garage. The FTA approved the funds and gave the city its funding number June 7.