FAYETTEVILLE — The city’s new downtown parking deck is open and ready for vehicles.
The new deck is located at the northwest corner of Dickson Street and West Avenue. It replaces the longtime surface-level parking lot across the street, which is set to be redeveloped into a new public park.
The old lot will close Monday (Nov. 13), according to Justin Clay, the city’s parking manager. Clay said the lot must be vacated by 5 a.m. that day so crews can begin preparing the area for construction.
Deck parking will be free for the first two hours each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After that, rates depend on the time and day (see table below).
|Dates||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.||6 p.m. to 2 a.m.|
|Sunday – Wednesday||First two hours free ($1/hour after that)||$1/hour|
|Thursday – Saturday||First two hours free ($1/hour after that)||$1.50/hour|
Construction of the six-story, 301-space deck has so far taken nearly two years, as crews broke ground on the project in January 2022. And while the parking spaces are ready to go, the ground-level commercial spaces are still being built.
It’s the second municipal deck constructed in the Dickson Street entertainment district under Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s administration. The Spring Street parking deck opened in October 2015. Jordan also oversaw the area’s transition to paid parking over 13 years ago.
City leaders envision a lively public park in the heart of the city that will be a hub of activity and a central gathering spot for residents.
Voters were shown concept images that included a vast stretch of green lawn where families can picnic, kids can play, and events can be held.
The proposal included two prominent buildings anchoring the park, one that includes a hotel and another that was first envisioned as a food hall. The plans also included art gardens, trails and an interactive water course running the length of the space.
Voters were also told that the surface-level parking lot wouldn’t be removed until all of the parking spaces were replaced by the new deck across the street.