Final plans for parking garage up for review

An $8 million, three-level parking garage to be called Trade and Transit II will be among items on City Council’s agenda tonight.

Council is going to look at the final design plans of the garage that is to be built when the Mid-Town deck at West Third and Laurel streets is razed in July.

“All we’re doing is approving a resolution to have a design phase,” said city Councilman Randall J. Allison.

Councilwoman Liz Miele said none of the financial aspects of the project will be reviewed tonight.

The garage, modern design intermodel facility, has space for retail on the lower level and access from William Street. The garage will provide 225 parking spaces and areas for River Valley Transit buses to pick up customers, according to William E. Nichols Jr., city director of finance.

Council also will review part of the project by River Valley Transit as it converts over to compressed natural gas.

Construction of buildings designed for the maintenance and storage for the natural-gas fueled buses and vehicles will be discussed, he said.

The transit company, 1500 W. Third St., received grants through the Federal Transit Administration by working with consultant Delta Development Group and additional grants from the state Department of Transportation along with a local share of transit funds to pay for the $6 million project, Nichols said.

He anticipated the system to be ready for natural gas fill-up in September.