Beginning Wednesday, February 20, the Parkade will be closed for 7 to 8 weeks for the full reconstruction of the parking lot, including ADA improvements. We will post information on alternative parking locations for downtown customers, merchants, and employees as it becomes available.
The contractor has begun preliminary work, installing pedestrian barriers and relocating the Sir Francis Drake Bus stop a little further down the street. The EV charging station are also being removed. The remaining EV charging locations in town are in Bolinas Park (Winnie Lane) and the Good Earth parking lot.
Please Note: The east bound (towards San Rafael) bus stop in front of the Parkade has been moved to Broadway, in front of Peri’s Bar and Fairfix Cafe, during the reconstruction. It is marked by a new bus stop sign and a new red curb (no parking). Parking spaces were added on Sir Francis Drake in front of the old bus stop.
PARKADE PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Parkade Project includes the following improvements:
- Replace curb ramps at five (5) crosswalk locations around the Parkade to make them ADA compliant
- Replace curb ramps at the crosswalks across from the Parkade at the corners of Bolinas and Broadway (i.e., in front of Coffee Roastery and Grilly’s)
- Remove and construct new Parkade stairway across from the theater
- Create path from Taylor/Sir Francis Drake to remaining crosswalk stairs (i.e., Siam Lotus) and install flashing light system for the crosswalk
- Reconstruct the existing ADA ramp in the same location
- Reconstruct walkway between Sir Francis Drake and Broadway on the western edge of the Parkade
- Install three ADA compliant parking stalls
- Reconstruct the parking lot
- Add treatments for storm water runoff (e.g., rain gardens)
- Expand tree wells and save as many of the trees as possible (note: much of the damage to the Parkade is caused by tree roots)
While the Council begin its specific discussion of the Parkade in 2017, in May 2018, the Council agreed on a conceptual plan for the Project. In November, the Council authorized CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group, Inc., based in Novato, to design and prepare plans and specifications for the project.
At its December 5thmeeting, the Council agreed to hold a special meeting on December 31stto consider bids for the Project. Staff had reported at the Council’s November and December meeting that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved funds in July 2018 with a December 31, 2018 deadline to award a construction contract.
On December 31, 2018, the Council awarded to the bid to Maggiora & Ghilotti in amount of $676,276 which was within the range of the engineer’s estimate. The initial grant for the project did not envision the reconstruction of the parking lot and other added project costs such as a flashing beacon system. Please refer to the staff reports for more detail.