"The Athens-Clarke Commission is on track to pick a developer to work with on a $20 million downtown Athens parking deck, " reports the Banner-Herald.
Atlanta-based Batson-Cook Development is the frontrunner to design, build and fund part of a long-planned mixed-use parking deck in a surface lot near the Georgia Theatre.
The public-private partnership would be a first for Athens, although they're common in other cities, such as Greenville, S.C., and Savannah.
The preliminary plan consists of a six-story structure that looks like a building, not a parking deck. It includes 520 parking spaces, 12,000 square feet of ground-level retail space along West Clayton and Washington streets, 23,000 square feet of high-end office space on the top floor and a rooftop garden.
ABH provides this artist rendering of the deck as well:
Could any of the parking go below street level?
Bike racks and/or lockers, scooter parking, and an Athens Transit bus stop would be nice as well.
The roof-top garden and mixed-use aspects sound very cool, and it's a relief that the architects are trying to avoid the grim aesthetics of a parking deck.