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Royal Oak Set to Finish Parking Structure by Year End

By |2017-12-20T17:38:57-05:00December 20th, 2017|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

Royal Oak residents have probably noticed a new addition to their skyline: the construction of a brand-new parking structure. The structure has been under construction for almost a year, and is slated to open on Dec. 27. The parking deck was purchased by the city at a price tag of $15 million.
Parking rates will be the same as at other parking structures across the city:
• Two hours of free parking begin at 3 p.m.
• Parking for longer than two hours at a time costs 50 cents per hour. This rule is in effect Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• After 5 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, visitors will pay a $5 flat rate.
Residents can look forward to more than 500 new parking spots with the construction of the seven-story building, which was built on top of a former parking lot. It’s addition to the city’s parking decks will make it the fourth such structure in Royal Oak. Entrances and exits to the building faces Center Street and Washington Avenue. It adjoins an older, four-story parking structure, and has spots reserved for retail space on its first floor. The retail space faces Second Street, across from the U.S. Post Office.
In an interview with the Daily Tribune, the head of the Department of Public Services, Greg Rassel said, “We anticipate most of the traffic will be using the entrance on Center Street. Currently, the Center Street deck is the most popular deck in the city.”
The parking structure will also provide a bit of city beautification, said Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids.
“There is all new landscaping around the new deck. And that includes trees and rain gardens.”
The building was funded by the DDA and the city auto parking fund.

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