Open house to focus on downtown parking garage

The City of Moab will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 inside council chambers at City Hall, 217 E. Center Street, to gather input from the public on aesthetics and features of the parking structure to be built in downtown Moab, according to a statement from Lisa Church, the city’s spokesperson.

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This city-owned parking lot off West Center Street between Main and 100 West will become a multilevel parking structure thanks to funding from the Utah Transportation Commission. Photo by Doug McMurdo

The planned parking structure, which will be paid for by funding from the Utah Transportation Commission, will be located on the site of the existing city-owned parking lot on Center Street, between Main Street and 100 West, said Church.

The city identified this as the best location for additional parking due to its proximity to local businesses and the downtown area. The city hopes to begin construction of the parking structure next fall.

“The parking structure will be an important asset for downtown businesses, employees and the customers they serve,” said Moab City Engineer Chuck Williams. “We hope local residents will attend the open house on Dec. 3 to help guide the city in selecting aesthetic features to enhance the visual character of the structure.”

The upcoming meeting will be held in an open house format, meaning that community members will have the option to come and go as they please, said Church. Aesthetic and structure feature concepts will be on display and the project team will put on a formal presentation at 5:30 p.m.

An online survey will be available at tinyurl.com/moabparkingstructure to gather community feedback on the proposed aesthetic and structure feature concepts. The survey will be open for public feedback from Dec. 3 through Dec. 17, said Church.

“It’s not every day that we have an opportunity to secure funding like this from the Utah Transportation Commission,” said Moab City Manager Joel Linares. “The Utah Legislature has recognized that increasing tourism has created unique challenges for Moab, and I believe our community will benefit directly from having the downtown parking structure.”