Look Inside New Garage Shows Extra Security, Room for Business
COLUMBIA - A tour inside the new garage at Fifth and Walnut Streets Thursday showed new features not found in other city garages. The garage is set to open Tuesday. Workers had to postpone laying down some concrete Thursday to avoid rain and snow, but the structure will open as scheduled. When the garage opens, it will feature electronic parking meters for use with 120 hourly parking spots. There are also 522 permit-only spaces. An entire section of 48 parking spots on the lowest level are reserved for the Columbia Police Department.
Another feature of the new garage are 64 security cameras. The cameras are in the elevators and stair lobbies. There will also be emergency phones for security.
A manager at a nearby business said he doesn't like the look of the garage, but it could be good for business. He said he plans to take advantage of the new parking space by adding on to his company's deck space.
There are nine floors of parking, but the bottom level also has room for some business space. One organization set to use the space is Regional Economic Development, Inc. The president said there is about 13 thousand square feet of space for businesses. The office space will not be open Tuesday, since it is still under construction.
The parking garage is now one of Columbia's tallest buildings. From the top, you can see a large part of the city of Columbia, including the tallest building, the Tiger Hotel.