11/23/19 Update – If you took the survey about the new parking garage you’ll recognize the images below. The city has created this info-graphic with some details about the information they gathered in the survey.
We also have some info from the city’s docs about how the new parking garage would impact 6th street:
“The City of Georgetown is in the process of designing a parking garage, to be located at the southwest corner of 6th and Main Street.
“The alignment of the site and design of the garage are such that up to 12.67 feet of the garage will encroach into the right of way. This will create future conflicts with the garage and use of the right of way, including potential utility conflicts.
“This item would approve abandonment of that portion of the right of way necessary for construction of the garage to the City. This abandonment will cause a portion of 6th Street to consist of a smaller profile than is provided in the Downtown Master Plan.
“However, the garage will continue to benefit the public by providing public parking, which is one of the purposes outlined for right of way in the Downtown Master Plan.
“Additionally, the other components of the right of way to which the abandoned space would be utilized, street landscaping and sidewalks, will have sufficient space to be constructed after the abandonment per the site engineering completed to date. Utilities currently exist with the area to be abandoned, and will be relocated as part of the garage’s construction.”
We have also learned that the garage would begin construction in 2020 and be completed late 2021.
10/3/19 – From the City – “The City is seeking input through a public survey on the design and appearance of the downtown parking garage. The survey also seeks input on preferences for project elements such as landscaping, public art, and the facade materials for the garage. The online survey is open through Oct. 30.
“Results of this survey will be used to guide decisions about the design and appearance of the downtown public parking garage.”
8/26/19 Update – We have learned from the Williamson County Sun that there has been a Committee created by the city (May 2019) to guide the design of the new Parking Garage.
Michael Walton — Preservation Georgetown President
Mickie Ross — The Williamson Museum Director
Scott Firth — Old Town resident, has served on school bond committees
Larry Olson — Old Town resident, architect
Shawn Hood — Downtown business owner, architect, former HARC member
Linda McCalla — Former Main Street Project manager and interior designer
Chris Damon — Downtown business and property owner
Kay Briggs — Owner of Pink Poppy ARTisans Boutique
Some considerations from the committee are that the 4 story design originally proposed is too high and that we need the new garage to be a canvas for art.
The new parking garage is expected to be completed in 2020 and the projected cost will be $5 Million.
We’ll keep you posted.
7/27/19 – It appears that the city is preparing to move forward with their plans for a parking garage downtown. We have it from a very reliable source that we may be seeing some activity start at the location by the end of this year.
1/26/19 Update – This past Tuesday the City Council was presented with plans for a new parking garage and parking lot.
At a cost of $5,000,000, the proposed 4 story Parking Garage would include approx 200 parking spaces, an elevator and two staircases; and it would be just under 44 feet tall. Here’s the Artist Rendering.
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The building would be located at the southeast corner of Main and Sixth streets and there are plans to make the outside suitable for murals, banners and other art so that it fits within downtown.
The Parking Garage is in the “schematic phase.” The final design will be subject to review by the city council and HARC. The target completion date is summer 2020.
As for the expanded parking lot near the Library, there’s nothing new to report except that it’s still in the works as well.
Some information from The Community Impact.
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12/11/18 – It looks like we are getting more parking downtown! The City is working on a parking garage that would be located behind the Municipal Court Building at Main and 7th Streets.
The new garage would be located on the lot that now has 47 parking spaces. The new parking garage would offer 200 parking spaces.
The City is working out the details to make sure the new garage will work at that location. They are checking to make sure the soil will hold the structure, and working on a design that fits the site and looks good.
Also, the city plans to add another 76 parking spaces across from the Library on 8th street. The new parking lot will take the place of existing county buildings.
The plans will go before the city council this spring.
From the Williamson County Sun