In mid-September, the city will break ground on the Reynolds Street Parking Deck at the corner of Ninth and Reynolds streets.
The $10 million parking deck will accommodate 446 vehicles. It is expected to be completed in late March, said Barry White, the president and CEO of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
It will stretch from the current location of Reggie's Hot Dog Stand at the corner of Ninth and Reynolds streets back to Jones Street and almost over to McCartan Street.
"It's being designed to expand both horizontally and vertically. If we ever need to expand, we can do that. It's a very central location to not only the TEE Center, but Broad Street retail, the Augusta Common and the Riverwalk. It's an ideal location and a great design," White said.
The downtown parking deck will replace about 325 parking spaces in the city's existing parking deck at the conference center connected to Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites that have already been lost because of construction of the TEE Center. As downtown becomes busier with the TEE Center, this new parking deck will prove to be useful, he said.
The project is being funded through a three-cent local car rental tax, White said. This tax was previously used to pay for parking decks at the city's conference center connected to Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites and Port Royal near Seventh Street and the Riverwalk.
The fee for customers at the parking deck is still being determined, White said.