Garrahy garage faces an uncertain fate


Some people, especially Dan Baudouin of the Providence Foundation, really, really like the idea of putting a garage on the state DOA-owned site behind the Garrahy Judicial Complex. The idea may be good, but it seems to be going nowhere fast. I wrote about this topic in last week's Phoenix.

To new urbanists, the reliance on surface lots is an inefficient use of space and it represents a certain kind of blight.

Yet efforts to move forward similar concepts in recent years, including a parking garage-retail-residential project planned by Arnold “Buff” Chace’s Cornish Associates off of Weybosset Street, have come up empty.

While some suspect that opposition from the owners of downtown surface parking lots is a factor in the lack of forward motion on the Garrahy concept, Baudouin rejects that premise. “I suspect if it ever gets to an RFP [request for proposals] again, they will look at it and be interested,” he says.

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