GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - The city of Glenwood Springs and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will fully open the new downtown parking garage today, one week ahead of schedule.
The two-level garage, located in the 900 block of Cooper Avenue, will provide 149 spaces for free, eight-hour public parking.
The $4 million project was jointly funded by the city and the DDA. Work started in May 2012 at a cost of $4 million and broke ground in May 2012.
A partial opening of the upper deck in November made 25 spaces available to the public.
The parking garage is one of two major construction projects occurring in downtown Glenwood Springs in 2012 and 2013.
The second project, anticipated for completion in late summer or early fall of 2013, is a dual-use building that will house the new Glenwood Springs Branch Library and new space for Colorado Mountain College. Combined, the two projects will provide a net gain of 115 public spaces above the previous parking capacity in the area.
Major construction of the parking structure is functionally complete, but metal screening, finish work, painting, landscaping and street improvements will continue through 2013. In order to complete this finish work, contractors will schedule intermittent closures of small portions of the decks of the structure throughout the winter.
A grand opening for the parking structure is tentatively set for spring 2013.