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New downtown parking garage set to open tomorrow
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New downtown parking garage set to open tomorrow

Sarasota, FL -- After nearly 20 years of community discussion, the Palm Avenue parking garage in downtown Sarasota will be open to the public just in time for New Year's Eve.

The six story garage, designed by Sarasota architect Jonathon Parks, will not only feature approximately 840 parking spaces for vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles, but a 12,000 square foot retail and restaurant space on the ground level. The top parking deck offers beautiful views of Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota, and City administrators are considering the possibility of renting the space for special events.  

“It’s really a beautiful job,” said Mayor Kelly Kirschner in a statement.  “This was a truly ‘hyper-local’ project and we should celebrate all of the local talent that worked on it.”

The project finished within nine months of breaking ground in April and employed numerous local skilled laborers to work on the garage. Suffolk Construction, with local offices in Sarasota, hired 20 subcontractors, the vast majority located in Southwest Florida with half in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Mullets Aluminum, based in Sarasota, fabricated the signature detail for the garage, the sails, which are expected to be installed the first two weeks in January. 

A Sarasota-based consultant, Carlson Studio Architecture, is overseeing the gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification process. And, Suncoast Workforce partnered with the City of Sarasota and Suffolk Construction to hire local skilled trade workers to build every aspect of the garage.

On average, 50 local hires were on site and during some stages of the construction the daily number increased to around 100.

The final cost of the project was approximately $12.2 million.

The garage will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Parking will be free for the first month.  

To see a time lapse video of the construction click here.

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