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More parking spaces needed in downtown Oklahoma City

With Oklahoma City’s downtown garages at 121 percent occupancy with a waiting list for spaces, an influx of more than 1,600 new parking spaces soon will be available.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: May 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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Steel beams are going up on an expansion to the City Center parking garage at Park and Harvey Avenues. More than 1,600 spaces are being added to alleviate a parking shortage downtown.
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Steel beams are going up on an expansion to the City Center parking garage at Park and Harvey Avenues. More than 1,600 spaces are being added to alleviate a parking shortage downtown. PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

As the garages reopen, Holtzclaw expects some customers may find their parking spots relocated from one garage to another.

“It’s going to be a major shuffle,” said Holtzclaw, who added the system will still be at 100 percent occupancy when all the new spaces go online.

Cathy O’Connor, president of The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, said more garage construction is likely.

Developer Don Karchmer has spent the past year working with architects and engineers to design a garage at E.K. Gaylord and Main just east of the BNSF Railway viaduct that will accommodate any future passenger rail transit that might need access to the property in the future.

Phoenix-based Kimley-Horn was recently hired to conduct a parking study for the Alliance that looks at how to best accommodate parking needs associated with the new convention center and park being built as part of MAPS 3, and how a garage for those new venues (and potentially a conference hotel) can be situated where it can also provide parking for the Central Business District.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's...
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