GR looks at replacing surface lots with underground parking

7:54 PM, Oct 9, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (WZZM)- The City of Grand Rapids wants to know if two of its largest parking lots could be turned into underground parking.

On Wednesday, the City Commission approved a feasibility study that will look at creating new space for commercial or residential development.

The area is located just south of Van Andel arena.
Right now, there are parking lots that the Downtown Development Authority says, take-up a large amount of space.

Kris Larson, President of the DDA says, "If we can put cars underground, we can reclaim 300,000 square feet of new space for people. That's a big number. That's 300 new residential units, which is an entire residential neighborhood that would be a new opportunity."

The study will also look at how much it would cost to replace surface parking with underground parking.

The final report should be ready in December.

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