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Three Additional Parking Garages Planned Downtown

Three more parking garages could be coming to downtown Amarillo in the upcoming years.

According to the City of Amarillo's downtown redevelopment plan and diagrams made of the downtown area, three additional parking garages are planned for downtown Amarillo. On a diagram of the plan for future downtown, three additional parking structures are planned around the Civic Center Complex.

As shown on renderings of the downtown baseball stadium, a parking garage is planned to sit between the stadium, the Amarillo Civic Center Complex and Amarillo City Hall. It is unclear what number of spaces would be included in such a stadium. The current site of the garage is on the east parking lot of Amarillo City Hall.

Two additional garages are also planned. One garage is planned to sit on the current site of the east parking lot across the street from the Amarillo Civic Center Complex. The lot currently sits between the Civic Center Complex and the former home of the Bob Goree Auction Gallery.

A third and final garage is planned next door to the historic Herring Hotel. The garage would sit on the west side of the historic building and would face across the street from a parking lot near the Liberty Theater. Under redevelopment plans, the area across from the garage would become greenspace.

The planned site of the third garage is currently home to the transfer station for route one for the City of Amarillo transit system.

In total, five garages are incorporated as part of the downtown redevelopment plan. Two of the five garages have been constructed: one at the new Xcel Energy building and one next door to the Embassy Suites hotel.

According to City records, the City of Amarillo owned garage, next door to the Embassy Suites, cost nearly $19 million to build. The City of Amarillo is currently executing a plan to service the debt on the garage.

It is not clear what the garages would cost the City of Amarillo to construct. It is also unclear whether the City of Amarillo plans to place retail space in the three planned garages.

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