More than 290 new parking spaces
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/19/2012 -- Covington has been looking for a way to alleviate their parking problems in the downtown area. Residence are hoping a new parking garage that is scheduled to be placed adjacent to St. Tammany Parish courthouse will deal with the situation handily.
The garage is set to hold including 535 parking spaces and 11 handicapped spots. That increases total parking space by nearly 300 slots.
The parking structure will be over 200,000 square feet, and includes 10,000 square feet of office space, which shall be shared by the parish’s registrar of voters and clerk of court.
A ribbon cutting is planned for Friday.
The garage has an estimated cost of $8.6 million, and construction began in 2011. Mississippi’s GMR Construction are the current contractors. The parish had set aside the money for the project a handful of years ago.
The garage’s design is to match the courthouse, which opened in 2003.
The courthouse is home to the 22nd Judicial District Court, which serves both the St. Tammany and Washington parishes. The clerk of court, registrar of voters, and district attorney are also housed in the $64 million, 280,000-square-foot building.
The registrar of voters are scheduled to move into the garage office space in mid-December, freeing up 3,100-square-feet at the courthouse. That space is to be occupied by the assessor’s office and clerk of court.
Parking has been quite a challenge in the downtown area for some time, following the opening of the courthouse. Those summoned to jury duty often found it very difficult to find parking, as they were often unaccustomed to the area.
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