Fayetteville Parking Deck Enters Design Stages

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The city held a special meeting for public input for a planned multi-million dollar parking deck near Dickson Street in Fayetteville, which is in its design stages .

The project will help with parking headaches for people visiting the entertainment district by adding around 250 parking spots.

"The Mayor has made promises that it's not going to be ugly,” said David Jurgens, utilities department director for the city of Fayetteville.

“It's going to be attractive and it's going to be fit with the ambiance of the entertainment district," Jurgens said.

The design team heard feedback on the deck's structure and appearance. Jurgens said the final blueprint must be within the city's financial means.

"So we can maximize the number of parking spaces and maximize the attractiveness within the city budget," Jurgens said.

City aldermen said they are looking forward to moving the process forward as it gets closer to construction in the Fall.

"We have an exciting time here as we get to work on building the new deck,” said Alderman Alan T. Long. “The city council had a lot of good questions like pedestrian access and the use of the liner buildings."

One design option has two levels on one side and three on the other with at least 246 parking spaces.

"We were presented with several good options,” Long said.  “We'll see what happens in a couple of weeks when they come back with more information."

The city wants to make sure the final product is environmentally friendly. One idea is having a storm water system.

"We will use that storm water that will be screened and filtered as irrigation water for all the plantings both if we have green screens on the sides of the deck or part of the sides as well as the street's trees," Jurgens said.

The design heads to the planning commission.

"That's not final. We can still do a number of modifications and tweaks as it's going through that plan administratively," Jurgens said.

The city will start interviewing construction managers and hope to have one chosen by the end of March.

Once construction starts, it will take 12 to 18 months to complete. The project will cost $6.2 million dollars.