In its continued efforts to improve the availability of parking in the downtown area, the town of Danville has initiated construction on its Village Theatre parking lot expansion project, which will increase public parking in the lot from 70 spaces to 200.
Demolition of the vacant building next door to the Village Theatre on 279 Front St. officially began on Friday. During construction, parking will be temporarily unavailable in the area around the Village Theatre, but additional parking can be found at the Front Street, Railroad Avenue and Clock Tower parking lots, town officials said.
Town staff estimates that the $9.2 million project, which includes the cost of purchasing the 279 Front St. property, will be completed in early 2019.
Construction officially began Aug 27, with fencing and the removal of hazardous material from the building, city engineer Steven Jones said in a statement. Jones added that $2.4 million of the budget will go toward building the parking lot itself, landscaping and a prefabricated pedestrian footbridge giving access to the Front Street Park.
The lot will have a similar layout to the municipal lot on 177 Front St., and consist of an entrance and exit point on Front Street, and a one-way loop drive aisle with 30 degree diagonal parking, Jones wrote in a staff report presented to, and approved by, the council at its July 17 meeting.
The Village Theatre parking lot project is being paid for through the townâ€™s capital improvement program general purpose revenue fund, and it will be constructed by the Pleasanton-based Teichert Construction.