Kiowa parking set to expand

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A parking garage addition, which will be added to existing space at 127 E. Kiowa St., will house approximately 220 new spaces to ease the parking problems that have surfaced in downtown Colorado Springs during the past several years. The total cost of the parking lot renovations will be approximately $2.4 million.

The addition is being constructed by Hughes-Smith Inc. and will cover a total of 720,000 square feet. According to

Carl Smith, co-owner of Hughes-Smith, the parking garage addition is set to be completed by September.

The parking garage will be added on to upwards, with an identical two floors being added to the current 400 spaces.

Colorado Springs Parking Administrator Robert MacDonald said the new spaces should help to ease the parking crunch that has intensified downtown.

“This is not a solution to the parking dilemma,” said MacDonald, “but it will help out tremendously nonetheless. The city hopes to add more parking spaces in the future as the downtown area continues to prosper.”

MacDonald said there are currently 340 people on the waiting list for the parking spaces. The spaces rent for $50 each month.

Hughes-Smith is also completing construction on the new municipal court facility, scheduled to be finished in August. The project will cover 91,888 square feet and will cost $8.8 million.

The electrical system of the facility will offer state-of-the art subsystems such as computer grade power distribution and lighting, a lighting protection system, closed circuit television, and access controls security system, as well as telecommunications for both voice and data.