Thursday, November 14, 2013

Officials to Study Need for Downtown Parking Structure

Editor's Note: This story was first published at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013 in our Weekly Edition

The City of El Paso is teaming up with the Downtown Management District and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) to fund a study that would assess the need for a new parking facility in Downtown.
This image shows a concept parking structure encased by liner buildings that could be used for housing, office, or retail, from the Design Manual of Plan El Paso.

The three parties will contribute $20,000 each toward the study for a total of $60,000. The area of focus will be near the new City Hall.

The CRRMA will manage the development of the study and will most likely award the contract to Atkins North America, Inc., the General Engineering Consultant for the Authority. The study should be completed within one year of the agreement’s start date.

4 comments:

  1. The city block right across the city hall building would be ideal for a new downtown parking garage since the city already owns that property! I don't see why they just don't build it instead of wasting 60 grand to do a study.
    That very same property would have been nice to build a state or the art city hall with maybe underground parking! but this is just a thought.I can't see the city operating out of a former news paper building for ever. As I have seen other city's such as San Jose California construct a a very nice city government edifice. But will see, after all these are just studies to see if downtown needs more parking garages which shouldn't be that hard to figure out that it does.

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  2. I agree, cities like San Jose and Phoenix have built new modern and tall City Hall structures over the last decade or so. El Paso should think about doing the same.

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