Proposed parking garages panned

first_imgPreliminary design drawings for three park-and-ride garages to accompany light rail in Vancouver are sparking criticism of their looks and have some questioning if they’ll do anything to spark downtown redevelopment.This spring, Vancouver long-range planners and the Vancouver City Center Redevelopment Authority wrote the Columbia River Crossing with concerns over the garages’ architectural style, size and lack of multiuse features, such as incorporating apartments or offices onto the top floors of the buildings. Paid for by the Federal Transit Administration, the CRC will put in three park-and-ride garages: the Columbia Park and Ride, at Columbia and Fifth streets; the Mill Park and Ride, at Washington and 15th streets; and the Central Park and Ride, near the line’s Clark College terminus.The hope, downtown boosters say, is to build something that adds to redevelopment — not just a concrete slab where commuters park their cars and immediately leave.“It just seemed a shame to us,” said Ward Cook, chairman of the City Center Redevelopment Authority, whose group has particular worries about the designs for the Columbia Park and Ride. “The garage probably has to be there, let’s just get some valuable use from it.”last_img

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