New art deco garage could help relieve parking problems in downtown Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Parking can be a problem when you're visiting downtown Oklahoma City, but a new garage could provide a bit of relief.

“This is the pedestrian walkway. It will connect Main St. to Colcord," said Debi Holtzclaw, the parking manager with the City of Oklahoma City.

The new arts district garage costs about $21.7 million to build but will hold more than 800 vehicles.

"It's lighted at night, very safe feeling with the colors. It's just a piece of art," she said.

One of its safety features is reflective white walls and ceilings, helping customers see their surroundings in a new light.

"It will be lighting [installation] to where it's interactive, to where they can change the colors to go with the outside of the garage," she said.

Holtzclaw says it is more than just a parking garage.

"We have 22,000-square-feet of retail going on the bottom. We're currently working with different prospective tenants and we should see new tenants in the next year," Holtzclaw said.

This parking space is paid for by the central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority, which is the fifth facility downtown.

"It's going to be full, I think, when we open up. We've had the demand from all of the other garages in the area," she said.

Whether you're headed to the Civic Center, a night at the museum or a Thunder game, your chances of finding a good parking spot just got better.

The new parking garage will be on Walker and Hudson, between Main St. and Colcord Dr.

Organizers expect it to open in the next two weeks.

For more information, visit Oklahoma City's website. 

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