A $46.6 million parking garage and public plaza planned for Quincy Center was unveiled recently to city councilors, who apparently liked what they saw of the design.
Councilors asked what the city government planned to do to mitigate the expected downtown parking crunch while the garage is under construction. They also asked during the Feb. 26 council meeting how much it would cost to park at the facility.
Representatives of the mayor’s office said a timeline on the project would be presented to the council on March 5. Details on parking rates and how the city plans to provide parking during construction are also forthcoming, said William Geary, the city’s lawyer for downtown projects.
The City Council approved funding for the garage last year through the city’s Downtown Improvement Financing program.
The four-story garage is being built on Revere Road, with entrances from surrounding streets. There would be six parking levels, some underground, and 712 spaces would be available, down from an estimate last year of 720 spaces.
The garage would offer electric car charging, indoor spaces for bicycles, and views of the new public plaza below through windows in the stairways.
“The garage looks so nice, maybe I should move into it,” said Ward 1 Councilor David McCarthy.
Wes Wilson, an engineer with Desman Design Management, the city’s garage consultant, said that, with good maintenance, the garage could last 100 years.
Underground parking in the garage will be available to residents of Chestnut Place, a 124-unit tower being developed by Peter O’Connell on Dennis Ryan Parkway. Construction on the tower has not yet started.
The public plaza next to the garage will feature a pergola, tables, and a vehicle dropoff area.Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.