How to have your say on Moab’s new parking structure

Architects, city seeking input on design features

Moabites at an open house Wednesday, Dec. 3, used red and green stickers to signal their preferences for various aesthetics that may accompany a new parking garage in downtown Moab. A new structure could have the capacity for between 200 and 350 cars. Photo by Carter Pape

Construction on a new parking garage in downtown Moab is scheduled to begin at the end of next year and be completed by the end of 2021. Consultants are set to begin designing the project as soon as Moabites provide input on how they want the project to work and look.

Design and planning consultants Kimley-Horn, under contract with the city, recently put together an online survey that walks participants through the limitations of the project and its possibilities, including sustainability features, aesthetics, size options and more. The consultants also held an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to publicly discuss the project.

The City of Moab will replace its existing public parking lot, which is next to the food truck park in downtown Moab, with the new parking garage. The final product will contain between roughly 200 and 350 parking spots, up from the lot’s current offering of 71 spots, on a budget of $8.3 million.

The Utah Department of Transportation has agreed to foot the bill as part of a larger, statewide initiative to mitigate tourism impacts in cities and towns across the state. Last year, UDOT picked Moab among a handful of cities to receive the funding.

The city plans to adhere to its own zoning standards for the C-3 zone, where the project will be located, by keeping the structure under 40 feet tall, adhering to setback requirements and so forth. The project will likely require real estate negotiations with neighboring property owners (particularly if the final proposal tends toward the larger side) due to the distinctive shape of the parcel.

Whereas the entrance and exit of the existing parking lot connect to Center Street and 100 West, respectively – that is, users exit the lot a different way than they go in – the new parking garage will have both its ingress and egress connect to 100 West, creating a four-way intersection with Williams Way.

City Engineer Chuck Williams said the city would commission a parking study to determine whether a stop light at the new intersection would be warranted – an option that he said was relatively expensive – or if it would, as he suspected it might, become a four-way stop.

A resident at the open house Tuesday proposed to turn the intersection into a roundabout, but it is unclear that the state money allocated for the parking structure could fund such a plan.

What is within scope, however, are the materials that the project could utilize (do locals prefer a concrete look or a metal appearance?), how open the parking structure is designed to feel, whether and how to include solar panels on the structure, the aesthetic patterns used in the design in the structure and more.

Residents interested in providing feedback on the structure can visit the following URL to fill out the online survey: tinyurl.com/moabparkingstructure

The survey includes questions about what materials participants would prefer to see used on the parking structure, and an opportunity for more general feedback is available at the end.

The survey will close Dec. 17, and a second open house about the project will take place Feb. 20, when the city plans to share “aesthetic concepts for the parking structure for public input.”