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New Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structure to Open Thursday

Santa Monica Real Estate Company, Roque and Mark

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By Lookout Staff

December 19, 2013 -- City officials Thursday will cut the ribbon on the newly completed Parking Structure 6 they say promises to be “a game-changer for Downtown parking.”

The new structure, near 2nd Street and Broadway, boosts the number of spaces for cars from 350 to 748 on eight parking levels above ground and another three levels below grade. It also can accommodate 90 bikes and 19 motorcycles and has charging stations for 30 electric vehicles.

Approximately 7,000 square feet of retail space fronts on 2nd Street and a west-facing staircase offers users ocean views as they enter and exit the structure, officials said.

“The overall design of this structure is unique in that the pedestrian experience does not stop at the ground floor, but continues up the entire building face, via the dramatic west-facing element,” City officials said.

“Patrons will cascade up and down the bright red exterior diagonal staircase, which weaves in and out of the plane of the façade. This increases public safety by its high visibility and offers patrons unique ocean views.

The structure also features a façade of aluminum fins to reflect diffused sunlight into the facility and solar panels expected to generate 80 kilowatts of electricity.

The new facility is part of the City’s strategy to help coordinate the traffic flow, which includes developing a system of clear signage that directs visitors away from full parking structures to those nearby that haven’t yet filled up, officials said.

The opening of the structure should have a visible impact on Downtown parking, officials said. The 350 spaces that went offline during construction meant that other lots on the periphery of the district started filling up more quickly.

It took about ten months to “demolish” the old structure, which was dismantled piece by piece to diminish impacts, and construct of the new facility.

City officials will have plenty to celebrate Thursday. Ownership of the structure had been contended by the State after Governor Jerry Brown moved to dissolve local redevelopment agencies (RDA) across the State.

The state argued that Santa Monica could lose the six Downtown Parking structures owned by its former RDA because they were not technically being used for a “governmental purpose.”

But on Tuesday, State officials announced Santa Monica could retain ownership of the six structures, including the newly-built Structure 6.

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