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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

NEW GARAGE FOR AN EVOLVING BERKELEY
Changes downtown will make it easier to connect to mass transit, use bicycles, drive or walk.

Berkeley, California (Thursday, June 02, 2016) - Construction will begin soon on a new 720-space, downtown parking garage, one of many tools the City uses to make it easier to travel by any method: bike, foot, car, bus or train.

The new City garage, which will close for construction June 30 and finish by the Fall of 2017, will replace the 60-year-old Center Street Garage, which has 440 spaces. The new garage's more efficient design will more easily move cars through the structure. It will also add valet and self-storage for over 300 bicycles, creating the largest such bicycle storage in the City.
 

Downtown Berkeley serves as a crossroads for the East Bay, hosting the Bay Area's most popular BART station outside of San Francisco and downtown Oakland while handling many AC Transit lines. In addition, the City's demand-based street parking system downtown has led to more availability while spreading out parked cars into underused meter areas. The City's bicycling infrastructure is growing, with several downtown bike share stations creating a bike share corridor stretching to Jack London Square.

The City's policy focus on multiple modes of travel makes downtown Berkeley more adaptable to fluctuations in people and more resilient if one travel mode faces pressure.   

Center Street Garage

 
The construction of the new garage is part of a series of changes that will make it easier to travel to downtown. Construction will begin this fall on a new Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza with the intent to improve safety and walkability. Next year, the City will begin a reconfiguration of Shattuck Avenue that will increase safety for all people, ease traffic for bicyclists and cars while also making it easier to walk and bicycle.

The design of the new parking garage also reflects the City's commitment to sustainability. The new Center Street Garage will include rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency LED lighting, a rainwater collection system to bio-filter and store water for irrigation. It will also be the hub of a micro-grid that provides emergency power. It will have 19 electric vehicle charging stations.

In addition, the new Center Street Garage will contain a dedicated art display space for the exclusive use of the Arts Commission.

Alternative parking in downtown Berkeley can be found at the nearby Oxford Garage at 2165 Kittredge, the lot on Berkeley Way between Shattuck and Milvia, the Allston Garage at 2061 Allston Way, the Kittredge Garage at 2020 Kittredge Street, and the Promenade Garage at 1936 Addison Street. In addition, Center and Addison Streets will be restriped to provide supplemental street parking during construction. Temporary agreements with local garages will increase garage parking during the closure.

For more information about the Center Street Garage project, please visit: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/CenterStreetGarage/

 

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