Officials anticipate opening of downtown Meriden parking garage will create economic growth

Officials anticipate opening of downtown Meriden parking garage will create economic growth

Record-Journal


MERIDEN — City and state officials say the opening of the new parking garage on Colony Street over the weekend could spur future downtown economic growth.

“It’s a very significant opening for a lot of reasons,” City Manager Guy Scaife said Monday. “Certainly, one more step in the direction of us having significant mass transportation with the opening of the rail station.”

Scaife said the garage will provide optimal parking for commuters that will use the new train station, which is expected to open next month. Parking costs $7 a day and $40 a month. Parking is free on weekends and federal holidays.

“It’s going to be economical,” he said. “It is safe, secure, and so close. It just brings a lot more people downtown, that creates demand for business.”

The 96,275-square-foot, $8.8 million garage has 273 parking spaces, 48 of which are designated for residents of apartments at 24 Colony St. While tenants have been able to park in the garage since December, it opened to the public on Saturday, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The garage has three electric vehicle charging spaces, seven handicapped spaces and two elevators, and it is equipped with a video surveillance system and emergency intercoms.

The garage will offer discounted parking for riders on the CTrail Hartford line, which is scheduled to begin service in May.

“The opening of this parking garage demonstrates our commitment to providing Hartford Line passengers with superior customer amenities,” state DOT Commissioner James Redeker said in a statement. “We are always striving to improve the customer experience.”

The garage and apartment building are two of several downtown projects, including the Meriden Green and the new train station, as well as the demolition of the Mills Memorial Apartments and former Record-Journal building.

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