Avondale parking could cost $268,000

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 10, 2014
The proposed design of a parking lot that would be located on MARTA-owned property in Avondale Estates. Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website

The proposed design of a parking lot that would be located on MARTA-owned property in Avondale Estates. Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website

Avondale Estates City Commissioners are being asked if they’d like to move forward with turning MARTA-owned property behind Savage Pizza into a parking lot.

The city will be leasing the property from the Transit Authority, and the initial cost estimate for the project is up to $267,836, $2,867 per parking space.

“This estimate does not include the Phase II cost to complete construction documents,” a memo attached to Dec. 10 City Commission Work Session says.

The City Commission awarded a $25,600 contract to Turner Spangler Walsh and Associates to design the parking lot.

There will also be fewer parking spaces than the city anticipated. While the city projected being able to squeeze 150 spaces out of the one acre lot, the space will only yield 99.

“Based on the consultant’s research and design it has been determined the area will yield 99 spaces,” City Manager Clai Brown said. “The initial discussion was the area could possibly yield somewhere between 100-150. That is why the City hired a professional consultant to determine exactly how many spaces.”

Parking is expected to be at a premium in Avondale as the city’s downtown district grows. Businesses are moving into the city’s Tudor Village property and restaurants like Pallookaville and The Bishop are a draw. There’s also a music venue in the works for the Towne Cinema building.

But will Avondale’s City Commissioners be willing to spend up to $268,000 to build a parking lot on property the city doesn’t own? That’s what the city’s staff wants to find out at tonight’s work session. Per the memo, “The Board of Mayor and Commissioners requested that the design and cost estimate be presented to determine if the City is interested in moving forward with Phase II, which includes the creation of construction documents.”

The Dec. 10 City Commission work session begins at 5:30 pm and will be held at City Hall, located at 21 North Avondale Plaza, in  Avondale Estates, GA. All meetings are open to the public.

Click here to see the work session packet for the Dec. 10 meeting.

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