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San Diego will build a parking garage, at $188,000 per space – NBC 7 San Diego

Help is on the way for people looking for parking and green space in San Diego’s East Village, but if the city’s plan to build a new garage and park comes to fruition, it will not be cheap for taxpayers.

Photos: East Village Park approved with an $80 million price tag, 16 years after the original design

Sixteen years after the East Village Green park project was considered as part of the updated Downtown Community Plan in April 2006, the San Diego City Council recently approved an addition to its budget, which has swelled to nearly 80 million dollars for its construction.

Much of the overall cost of the project will be for a two-level, 185-space underground structure that will be built at an estimated cost of just under $35 million, or a cost of $188,374.49 per parking space.

The park, originally described as a 4.1-acre multi-block park, would span the area between F and G streets, bordered by 13th Street on the west and 15th Street on the east. is. The park would be divided by 14th Street, which could be closed on weekends and during special events in the park.

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Phase 1 construction will begin in the areas delineated by red squares.

The original design, which was part of the 2006 downtown community plan, included large grassy recreation areas with an informal amphitheater as well as the possibility of a café, playground, area for farmers’ markets and a neighborhood center.

After years of delays, the project was approved by the San Diego City Council in December 2019, then estimated at just over $52 million and expected to include a 14,000 square foot two-story recreation and community center. , a playground with a paddling pool, off-leash dog parks and a passive play/reading area.

However, city council members this month approved an additional $27.3 million for the budget, due to rising construction costs, etc., bringing the project’s total to almost $80 million. . This amount also takes into account what the city will pay to move two homes currently on F Street, designated by the city as historic structures.

Several of the amenities originally planned for the park – the West Park Cafe building and the East Park Bark Bar, as well as a decorative shade structure above the performance pavilion – were, however, highlighted in the final proposal, and the decorative fence that was proposed has now, unfortunately, been downgraded to chain link. Downgrades save city more than $2.5 million

Approval of additional funds effectively serves as the city’s green light for the project; The city’s independent nonprofit planning agency, Civic San Diego, has invited bids to build Phase 1 of the project in the summer of 2021.

The project is expected to take shape in several phases, with construction of phase 1 expected to start in August 2022, provided the project is awarded by the end of the month.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins