HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — A $10 million city parking garage serving the proposed Twickenham Square development in Huntsville’s medical district has won city Planning Commission approval.
Planning board members OK’d architectural drawings Tuesday depicting a three-story, 690-space garage accessible from Gallatin Street and Pelham Avenue.
City officials will ask potential builders to also quote a price for an enhanced facade as well as a fourth level that would increase the capacity to about 950 vehicles.
“We’d like to be able to fund those alternates,” said Marie Bostick, the city’s manager of planning and zoning administration.
Construction bids will be opened June 12.
The parking deck is part of the city’s promise to a team of private developers working to transform the former Councill Courts public housing site.
The $85 million-plus redevelopment project will include more than 230 loft-style apartments called The Flats at Twickenham Square, a Publix supermarket, hotel, office tower and about 22,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space — all catty-corner from Huntsville Hospital.
Publix and National Bank of Commerce are the only named tenants so far.
Bostick said the ground floor of the garage, accessible only from Pelham Avenue, will likely be free parking for shoppers, diners and Publix customers.
Employees and guests of the hotel and office tower would enter from Gallatin Street and drive up a ramp to the garage’s second level, she said. Vehicles could exit onto either Pelham Avenue or St. Clair Avenue.
Bostick said about 40 Flats at Twickenham Square residents would have reserved parking in the city garage. But most tenants would park in a separate deck financed by the developers.
Architect Martin Sisson said there will be a covered walkway leading from the city garage, across Pelham Avenue, to the front of Publix.
Two Nashville-area firms, Bristol Development Group and PGM Properties, are working together on the apartments, grocery store and additional retail and restaurant space.
Huntsville-based Triad Properties plans to build the office tower and is also in negotiations to bring a hotel to the site.
The developers will pay the Huntsville Housing Authority about $5.6 million for the property just south of downtown.