FCCFA’s new state-of-the-art parking garage will replace a surface lot when it opens to the public in early 2016. Designed by NBBJ architects and built by Smoot Construction, this visually distinctive structure will offer 800 parking spaces, serving both the Convention Center and the Short North Arts District.
In keeping with the Hilton Columbus Downtown and plans for the Convention Center, the new garage will be a showplace for local art and will include a dramatic skybridge similar to the glass walkway between the Convention Center and the hotel. Each floor of the garage, near the exit, will feature its own “Art Park” creation – a unique, captivating piece from local artists or Columbus art students that will not only elevate the parking experience, but also help customers to remember on which floor they left their cars.
One of the best aspects of this new garage is that it is being built at no cost to taxpayers; the income generated by the garage will pay the costs associated with its construction. Because of the innovative financing method used on this $18-million project, the FCCFA was able to save $2.4 million in interest fees alone.
To meet increased demand for parking near the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Short North District, the FCCFA is converting its Goodale Street lot into an eight-level parking garage. As shown here, the new Goodale Street parking garage is now under construction and will open for public parking in early 2016.