City Council Approves Garage Construction Contract

Following a Grand Junction City Council decision Wednesday night, a project looking to alleviate downtown parking woes in Grand Junction is about to get underway.

Demolition and asbestos removal on the site at 3rd St. and Rood Ave. have been on–going for months and Wednesday's unanimous decision among Grand Junction city council members means that in the next few weeks, residents will start to see the beginnings of the new parking structure that's aimed to not only relieve a lack of parking spots downtown, but to rejuvenate what some city council members call the core of the city.

The council officially awarded the contract valued at more than $5M to Colorado-based Shaw Construction, who will handle the building of the four–story structure.

The lot will have 400–plus spaces for parking, which includes spaces for general as well as long–term leasing, but with the historical aesthetics of downtown the garage is designed to blend into its surroundings.

Construction is set to start the first week of October, with the garage being opened for business sometime next fall.

Including the land acquisition, the total cost of the project is nearly $10M
and while city planners are anticipating the garage to run about $500,000 over budget, the overrun is expected to be handled with adjustments made to the 2007 capital improvement budget.