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Downtown parking deck expansion in the works
Officials hope construction will coincide with condo project
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The deadline is up for submitting bids to add two more floors at the city’s downtown parking deck. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Work is likely to begin early next year on expanding the parking deck in downtown Gainesville if all goes well with the bidding process, according to city officials.

The parking deck expansion project would coincide with the groundbreaking expected in the first quarter of 2017 on the $16 million mixed-use development called Parkside on the Square. The project will combine 33 luxury condominium residences with street-level retail. 

Future Parkside on the Square residents have been promised dedicated, monitored parking in the parking deck at 301 Main St.

To accommodate the additional traffic that Parkside is expected to generate at the city-owned parking deck, Gainesville officials requested pre-qualification of bidders to construct two more parking levels to the existing four-level facility.

The deadline for submitting pre-qualification applications closed Friday with six responding before the 5 p.m. deadline, according to Gainesville Assistant City Manager Angela Sheppard.

“A defined timeline for the bidding process has not been determined at this point,” Sheppard told The Times. “Assuming all goes well with the pre-qualification process, we could receive bids as early as December and then issue a notice to proceed in February.”

Once construction at the parking deck begins, city officials expect it will take about eight months to complete the expansion.

Bev Knight, who is handling the marketing of the Parkside project, recently reported that the current plans call for the condominium and retail complex on Spring and Main streets to be in the shape of a “wide U.” She said that kind of a design would make sure that none of the back units of the condominium will face the parking garage.

“Instead, there will be something like a courtyard that surrounds the elevator area on the back side,” said Knight, who is married to Parkside developer, Tim Knight.

Bev Knight said that each condominium unit would have two reserved parking spaces

Current plans are for Parkside to have 33 condominium residences along with 15,000 square feet of street level retail that will feature several restaurants.

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