Danville Town Council members broke ground on the planned new Rose Street municipal parking lot Tuesday morning to celebrate the project's initiation.
The project, which is located at the northwest corner of Rose Street and East Linda Mesa Avenue, is set to create an additional 78 parking spaces for those frequenting the downtown area.
"Although the current parking supply meets the needs of our consumers, the town must look ahead to meet future demands," wrote Mayor Renee Morgan in an email.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The entire cost of the project, including design and construction, is a little over $1.5 million, funded through capital improvement program (CIP) general purpose revenues, the civic facilities fund and downtown parking in-lieu fees.
Aside from parking spaces, the project includes brick-banded sidewalks, street trees, curb bulb-outs, decorative crosswalks, bioretention storm water treatment, asphalt concrete roadway rehabilitation, LED parking lot lights and overhead conversion to underground utilities, according to administrative services director Nat Rojanasathira.
"The Rose Street parking lot will bring 78 additional 'free parking' spaces to the north end of Danville," Morgan said. "This will increase foot traffic to existing businesses in the area."
Other parking projects in the works supported by town funding include the San Ramon Valley High School parking lot, the Village Theatre municipal parking lot expansion project and the Sycamore Valley park and ride lot expansion project -- a combined total of 500 additional parking spaces.