Extra parking part of downtown Glenwood project
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Downtown Glenwood Springs stands to gain more than 70 new public parking spaces with the planned redevelopment along Cooper Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets associated with the new library project.
Part of the overall plan to obtain more public parking is a new two-level parking garage to replace the existing city-owned parking lot at the corner of Ninth and Cooper.
The $4 million project will serve as part of the city of Glenwood Springs’ and the Downtown Development Authority’s contributions to the redevelopment efforts. The cost of the project is to be split between the DDA and the city, as part of its 2012 budget adopted by City Council Thursday night.
The new parking structure would include a total of 140 spaces between the two levels, an increase of 64 spaces from the 75 parking spaces in the existing parking lot.
The same architects, Dennis Humphries and Willis Pember, who are designing the new Glenwood Springs Library down the street, are also working with the city and the DDA to design the new parking structure.
City Council was given a conceptual review of the design plans at its Thursday meeting.
Because the existing parking lot is sloped, the two parking levels will not need to be connected by a ramp, Humphries said.
The upper level would be accessed at the south end of the site off Cooper, and the lower level would also be accessed off Cooper at the north end of the site. A stairwell at the northeast corner of the structure would provide access to the street from the upper level, and handicapped parking would be provided on the lower level.
One unique design feature would be hinged doors along Ninth Street that could provide sheltered space for vendors at the downtown market in the summer and other special events, Humphries said.
In addition to the planned parking garage, additional street parking would also be reclaimed along Cooper Avenue with the redevelopment of the two-block area. The existing city parking lot between the firehouse and the Methodist Church is also proposed to be reconfigured to provide additional spaces.
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