PHOTOS: Fayetteville opens Spring Street parking deck

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan speaks Friday morning at the opening of the Spring Street parking deck.

Photos: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning to celebrate the opening of a new, 236-space parking deck at the corner of Spring Street and School Avenue.

It’s a project that’s been discussed for nearly two decades, but a plan didn’t begin to take shape until 2010 when Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s administration introduced a paid parking program that would create enough revenue for a parking deck.

The deck incorporates the same pay-by-number parking system that’s used in the Dickson Street entertainment district. Drivers can pay at any of the six payment kiosks located throughout the deck, or at any other kiosk in the surrounding area.

Design elements include glass treatment on the staircase towers and oxidized steel panels that are expected to turn a brick orange color over time. Living “green screen” walls of Virginia Creeper will eventually grow to cover select exterior locations of the deck. The project also includes a new home for the Walton Arts Center’s administrative offices which were torn down to make room of the deck.

Here are some photos taken during and after Friday’s event.