Downtown garage a sign of things to come

New Westminster ‘Green Garage’ ready for traffic

Posted 6/5/17

Westminster’s newest parking garage may be ready to open June 7, but it’s just the beginning for the development of the area.

John Burke, Downtown Westminster development and construction manager, said the temporary certificate of occupancy …

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Downtown garage a sign of things to come

New Westminster ‘Green Garage’ ready for traffic

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Westminster’s newest parking garage may be ready to open June 7, but it’s just the beginning for the development of the area.

John Burke, Downtown Westminster development and construction manager, said the temporary certificate of occupancy would be ready by June 2.

“We’ve got just a couple punch list items to knock out,” Burke said.

The new garage — with the main entrance on the south side accessible from 88th and Eaton streets — will be six stories tall with 888 parking spaces, according to Burke. Minneapolis-based construction and design company The Opus Group managed the project.

There are eight electric vehicle charging stations and the garage will be the first publicly owned Parksmart Silver “Green Garage” in the nation, according to Burke. Parksmart offers certification based on a point system from the construction process through amenities offered once opened.

“Developed by industry experts, the Parksmart framework guides projects toward innovative, solutions-oriented strategies,” the organization’s website — http://parksmart.gbci.org — states.

Points are awarded in three categories: management, programs and technology structure design.

A skybridge on level three of the garage will connect directly to the second floor of JC Penny and the store’s customers will be allowed to park there for free, Burke said. Parking will be free and open to the public for the time being outside of the department store’s designated space.

Burke said construction in the area will be ongoing as there’s a residential construction project slated to wrap around the garage on the north and east sides. That will include 118 residential units in addition to 25,000 square feetof mixed-use retail on the ground floor of those apartments. Some spaces in the garage will also be utilized for residential parking once those apartments are filled. Burke said he expects that project to break ground late this year — by December.

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