City to hold two downtown parking deck discussions on April 4

Map: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

City officials have scheduled two public input sessions regarding the location of an upcoming downtown parking deck in Fayetteville.

Both meetings will be held Wednesday, April 4 at the Walton Arts Center. The first public input session is from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and the second is from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The sessions will include a brief presentation concerning the four location options, followed by a guided tour of each site. After the tour, the city’s parking deck team – including staff and representatives from Garver engineering, AFHJ + Kb Architecture, and Carl Walker Parking Consultants – will be available to answer questions.

From the news release:

The discussion will be focused on site selection and will not include design of the future municipal parking deck, due to the fact that location will strongly influence the deck’s design.

Parking fees will be waived for meeting attendees. Just bring your parking ticket to the meeting, and someone from the city will validate it free of charge.

Estimated timeline

During a series of meetings last fall, Mayor Jordan’s parking deck committee favored using the existing lot to the south of Grub’s at West Avenue and Spring Street, but the City Council will ultimately decide where to build the deck.

Other locations include the main Walton Arts Center lot, an existing public lot next to Kingfish, and the area currently home to the Walton Arts Center’s administrative offices.

The council last fall voted unanimously to authorize Jordan to issue up to $6.5 million in bonds to finance the project.

If all goes according to plan, construction could begin as early as November.