Feb 25, 2013 1:02 PM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News
MISSOULA- Missoula's brand new parking structure is set to open later this week, adding more than 300 more parking spots to the downtown area.
The city started construction on Park Place about 18 months ago, with plans for the structure to add to Missoula's inventory of existing off-street parking.
It was originally slated to be open last fall, but it took some additional time to finish off the project and incorporate some of the changes that developed as the structure took shape.
Park Place will add 322 additional spaces, with both leased and some hourly, short-term parking.
That mix is aimed primarily at the leased parking, although Parking Commission Director Ann Guest has told the city council the design allows for short-term parking connected with the retail space in the building, and can be adapted in the future as needs change.
"Those numbers can change, depending upon the demand. We've got a lot of flexibility with the structure. So we can change that if the demand increases for more hourly parking we can do that very easily," Guest explained.
The city has scheduled the ribbon cutting for Park Place for Friday starting at 4 p.m., with the ribbon cutting by Mayor John Engen, the parking commission and downtown leaders set for five o'clock.
The event is open to the public and will give many their first official glimpse inside the new structure.