Public parking in downtown Danville is about to get new capacity, with the completion of the Village Theatre Municipal Parking Lot expansion project, which is slated to open Thursday.
Located at 279 Front St., directly next to the Village Theatre and Art Gallery, the project expands the theater's parking lot by an additional 131 parking spaces, creating a total of 200 spaces.
“The Village Theatre Municipal Parking Lot expansion project continues the town’s efforts to expand the supply of free parking that serves the heart of our downtown” Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said in a statement. “This newest lot will provide greater access to our downtown businesses and civic facilities for residents and visitors alike.”
Work on the $9.2 million project began on Sept. 7 with the demolition of the vacant building next door to the Village Theatre. It also included landscaping, lighting, bio-retention facilities and construction of a pedestrian bridge to the Eugene O’Neill Pocket Park.
The Village Theatre lot expansion was paid for through the town’s capital improvement program general purpose revenue fund, with Pleasanton-based Teichert Construction serving as general contractor.
The theater lot is one of several projects undertaken by the town in order to increase the supply of public parking in the area.
Upcoming parking expansion projects include the Park and Ride Lot at Sycamore Valley Road and Interstate 680, which will create an additional 115 spaces. Construction on that project is projected to begin in 2020.
Later this year the town, in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, will begin construction on a 240-space expansion of the parking available at San Ramon Valley High School.
Members of the Danville Town Council will be on hand Thursday, 4 p.m., to open the lot at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Additional information about the project and maps of parking options in downtown Danville can be found on the town’s website.