GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has approved a contract to study the possibility of underground parking south of Van Andel Arena.
Carl Walker, Inc. will look into traffic data, underground utilities and geologic conditions south of the arena to determine if underground parking can be installed, according to a release from the DDA.
The company will also develop a preliminary plan for the parking complex and estimate construction costs.
The possible underground parking structure is part of the May 2013 Arena South Visioning Plan, which would develop several DDA-owned properties that are currently surface parking.
The study, approved Wednesday by the DDA, is not expected to cost more than $50,000.
The City of Grand Rapids Automobile Parking Commission may contribute $25,000 to the study. It is expected to consider that contribution Thursday, the DDA said.
Also Wednesday, the DDA approved two grants to help renovate the YWCA building located at 25 Sheldon Blvd. SE.
The first grant of $75,000 will go toward improving accessibility, restoring the facade and upgrading infrastructure at the women's aid facility. It will also help improve the efficiency and sustainability of the building, which hopes to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.
The second grant of $19,500 will pay for part of new sidewalk, decorative pavers, street trees and modern outdoor lighting.
The renovation project is expected to cost a total of about $4.3 million.
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