Fifth and Walnut streets garage to house REDI and Parking Utility

Monday, October 3, 2011 | 9:56 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Fifth and Walnut streets parking garage will soon house office space for the city’s Parking Utility, as well as Regional Economic Development Inc.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve an ordinance allowing both the parking utility and the economic development group to construct office space on the parking structure's ground level. The Parking Utility is a part of the city's Public Works Department that runs and maintains parking lots, meters and garages.

The space, according to city plans, would include three suites measuring 3,800 square feet and is along Walnut Street.

According to the ordinance approved Monday night, the estimated cost for the project is roughly $250,000. The council approved a contract with Peckham and Wright Architects to design the office space and to develop a construction plan. 

The Parking Utility is currently housed in the lower level of the Howard Municipal Building at 600 E. Broadway and will move into the offices in the parking structure as soon as the construction is complete.

REDI intends to use its office space as a business incubator, according to the approved ordinance. These kind of incubators are used to assist new businesses with resources, contacts and support.

There was no public discussion, council questions or discussion on the approved ordinance.

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