The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has broken ground on construction of a new multi-level parking structure at the Orange Transportation Center in California, US.
OCTA said that the proposed $33.2m project, at 130 N. Lemon Street, will provide much-need parking both for the transit users and for people coming to Old Towne Orange to enjoy shopping and dining.
The structure will replace a surface lot offering 172 parking spaces with the newly built five-level parking structure with spaces for 611 car parking. Out of this, 500 spaces will be dedicated for those who ride the train, while 111 will be designated for general use by those who visit Old Towne.
Design on the parking structure is being managed by the city of Orange to ensure that it honoured the history and unique character of Old Towne Orange.
Touted to be the city’s first multi-level public parking structure, the project will use modern elements in the design, including solar panels on the roof to slash electricity bills.
According to the plan, two of the five-levels will be built underground and three levels above ground so that the structure fits in with other buildings in the area.
Additionally, the structure and surrounding plaza also will incorporate brick work and other design elements to reflect and complement nearby historic structures.
The project is being funded by Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, by the city of Orange, and by a mix of state and federal funds.
OCTA Director and the Supervisor representing Orange County’s Third District Todd Spitzer said: “The city of Orange has a rich history related to the railroads dating back to the trains full of citrus and olives that passed through every day. This project honours that history while helping serve the city’s train passengers for many years to come.”