TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners heard different options Oct. 1 for the possible construction of a city parking garage, including one at the site of Treasure Island City Hall.
Michael Martindill, vice president of Timothy Haahs and Associates, presented the results of a three-month feasibility study on the topic, which included three potential sites.
Suggested sites include a current city parking lot next to the beach at Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue, Community Center Park adjacent to the Treasure Island Community Center and City Hall, 120 108th Ave.
The beachside option is a four-story, five-level structure that would feature 432 parking spaces with the possibility for up to 5,800 square feet of retail space. Entry and exit would be at the current entry/exit at Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue. The estimated cost is $6.78 million.
A structure on the Community Center site would be four levels with 326 spaces using current green space. Entry and exit would be off Park Place. Cost is estimated at $5.48 million.
The city hall site would require the demolition and relocation of the current city hall between the pump station and the police station. Martindill’s suggestion is for a three-story, four-level structure with 327 spaces. Total project cost is estimated at $5.41 million, which doesn’t include the demolition cost and construction of a new city hall.
“Our focus was to see what we could fit on each site,” said Martindill. “One of the things we thought about in all of these concepts was to come up with very use-friendly, very simple to use parking facilities so that they’re very inviting to any type of parking patron.”
He said all three would use the single-threaded helix design, using a two-way traffic flow.
“The way you go up is the way you come back down,” Martindill said.
He said the Gulf Boulevard site would provide ample parking for visitors to the beach, as well as good proximity to area hotels and downtown.
“There’s also the opportunity to potentially introduce some type of retail element along the elevation that faces the beach and faces the Gulf,” Martindill said. “So we really like this site from that perspective.”
Martindill said the community center site is very visible and the most efficient site. But the down side would be the loss of green space, he said.
The city hall site would offer great access to the downtown area and would be very visible. Martindill said it would be similar in cost to the other two, but it would involve the additional expense of tearing down city hall.
“I think we’re eventually talking about two parking garages,” said City Manager Reid Silverboard. “One that would serve the beach and help out with special events. The other would help with the redevelopment of the downtown area.”
Commissioner Phil Collins said he was in favor of a parking garage but reiterated the importance of knowing how much revenue it would produce.
“That being said, this building (city hall) is on borrowed time,” Collins said. “Where better off to have a parking garage than a place next to a place that gets kind of smelly (pump station) sometimes? This location is more ideally situated for a parking garage.
“I’m adamantly opposed to putting a five-story structure on the beach,” Collins added.
Mayor Bob Minning suggested the city hall site and extending the parking garage further east to include the Public Works department and possibly the fire station.
Further discussion and more detailed revenue/cost estimates are expected at the City Commission meeting on Oct. 15.