May 13, 2022

 

City Council paves way for new garage

 

By BRIGID COOLEY 

After settling on a location for a downtown parking garage, the Georgetown City Council is tying up loose ends surrounding the project. 

Councilmembers voted to rescind a previously passed and ineffective ordinance abandoning a portion of the Sixth Street right-of-way during its Tuesday meeting. 

This action follows the council’s April 26 decision to construct the parking garage on 0.66-acres of privately owned land. The land is located at 502 South Main Street. 

Originally passed in 2020, the newly rescinded ordinance was meant to abandon a portion of the sidewalk and right-of-way between Main and Church streets. The sidewalk and right-of-way backed up against land located at Sixth and Main, which was being considered for a downtown parking garage at the time.

However, the abandonment was never enacted because the city began pursuing other sites for the parking garage.

“[This] is a cleanup item regarding the reopening of a portion of East Sixth Street,” Assistant City Attorney Jim Kachelmeyer said Tuesday. 

During an April 26 meeting, council members authorized swapping two city-owned parking lots, one located at 601 South Main Street and the second at 111 East Seventh Street, for the Tamiro Plaza land. Under the terms of the land swap agreement, the city will continue to use the existing parking lots for the next two years, which should coincide with garage construction. Work is anticipated to be completed by the spring of 2024.  

The council also entered an $825,000, professional services agreement with national engineering firm WGI for architectural and engineering designs for the parking garage during the April meeting. 

The design, planning and bidding process could last through the remainder of the year, with construction anticipated to begin in early 2023, according to the city’s presentation. The project will come back before the council once design options are available. 

The parking garage is anticipated to cost between $11-14 million once completed. Project costs are covered by a combination of remaining funds from the 2019 certificate of obligation, American Rescue Plan Act funding, city tax revenues and future certificates of obligatio