The new Aggieville Parking Garage will open to the public on Friday, April 15.
Members of the public are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. April 15, just east of the facility’s entrance off Laramie Street. Members of the City Commission will be joined for the ceremony by representatives from City staff, the Olsson & BBN Engineer/Architect design team, general contractor McCownGordon Construction, and Aggieville businesses.
Attendees arriving for the event may be the first-ever patrons to park in the new structure. The garage will officially open to the general public at 11 a.m., following the ceremony.
Currently, vehicular access to the Aggieville Garage will be accessible only by way of the Laramie and 14th Street intersection. Access from North Manhattan Avenue will be closed for an extended period due to construction of the next Aggieville improvement phase.
Garage parking is free until the City Commission implements a parking management program. The public can access parking in the Aggieville Garage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, long-term parking is not permitted. It is unlawful to park a vehicle for more than 48 continuous hours in one spot in the Aggieville Garage.
Through the spring and summer, City staff will continue discussions with the City Commission to institute a parking management program for the Aggieville Garage and on-street parking in the district, with an anticipated implementation date of January 1, 2023.
The five-story parking garage includes 453 parking stalls and 8,000 additional square feet of ground-floor shell space. This project, totaling nearly $17 million, also included the complete reconstruction of Laramie Street, with underground utility work between 14th Street and North Manhattan Avenue; a new signalized intersection at 14th and Laramie; and pedestrian alley improvements between the Aggieville Garage and Rally House building.
Revenues from Aggieville’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district and the 0.5% Economic Recovery and Relief sales tax approved by Manhattan voters, set to commence January 1, 2023, are anticipated to pay for the financing of this project.
A portion of the Aggieville Garage’s ground-floor space will be occupied by a new Parking Services Division under the direction of Parking Services Manager Adrienne Tucker, who will be responsible for parking enforcement within the two City-owned parking garages, including the existing downtown garage off Third Street.
All information pertaining to the new garage and other parking regulations in the City of Manhattan can be found online at www.cityofmhk.com/parking.
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