Tuesday, August 01, 2000

New garage on riverfront will replace lost spaces

By Jeff McKinney
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        So long, Cinergy Field parking. Hello, East Garage.

The 1,250 space East Garage at Pete Rose and Mehring ways comes on line as about the same number of spaces is lost to the new Reds ballpark.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        Downtown Cincinnati commuters, worried about a shortage of parking spaces, got good news Monday: the opening of the 1,250-space East Garage at Pete Rose and Mehring ways.

        Its debut comes at a critical time. As construction crews begin to build the Reds' Great American Ball Park between the Firstar Center and Cinergy Field, roughly 1,200 parking spaces will disappear.

        “If we were to lose 1,200 spaces in that area, that would be a very serious problem,” said John Schneider, transportation adviser at Downtown Cincinnati Inc., the group charged with bringing more shoppers, workers and vitality to downtown.

        The new $16 million garage is expected to provide much-needed space for downtown workers, as well as those attending Reds games, Firstar Center events or visiting Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point. It also comes less than a month before the opening of Paul Brown Stadium on the western riverfront.

        Executives at Central Parking, which will manage the garage, said about 50 parkers from Cinergy have signed up for monthly parking in the new garage. That will leave more than 1,000 spaces available for other monthly and transient parkers.

        The garage will carry a daily flat parking rate of $3. Monthly parking will be available at a special introductory rate of $35 and increase to $40 in October.

        Pete Rose Way parkers should remember that today marks the closing of the eastern portion of the Cinergy parking garage, Lot 6 (just east of Cinergy near the Firstar Center) and the eastern portion of Cinergy Field's plaza.


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