Designs are coming along for an updated Center Street garage. Image: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
The new Center Street garage is slated to be complete by fall 2017. Image: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
The new Center Street garage is slated to be complete by fall 2017. Image: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Berkeley’s Center Street garage is set to close at the end of the month to make way for a modern, new garage with hundreds more parking spots.

The 70-year-old garage, which has entrances on Center and Addison streets, will close June 30, the city said Wednesday. The new structure will include 720 parking spaces, compared to the current 420.

The new structure is scheduled to re-open by fall 2017.

The new garage’s more efficient design will more easily move cars through the structure. It will also add valet and self-storage for over 300 bicycles, creating the largest such bicycle storage in the City,” according to city staff. 

Read more about the Center Street garage in past coverage.

The new design is set to include “rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency LED lighting, a rainwater collection system to bio-filter and store water for irrigation. It will also be the hub of a micro-grid that provides emergency power.” There are also 19 electric vehicle charging stations.

The city plans to re-stripe Center and Addison streets to allow for more parking during construction.

According to the city, a number of temporary agreements with local garages “will increase garage parking during the closure.”

The city is directing motorists to alternative parking areas at the Oxford Garage (2165 Kittredge St.); the parking lot on Berkeley Way between Shattuck and Milvia Street; the Allston Garage (2061 Allston Way); the Kittredge Garage (2020 Kittredge St.); and the Promenade Garage (1936 Addison St.).

The Downtown Berkeley Association has created a map of various parking options in the area, along with a list of hours and fees.

Other transportation-related construction projects ramping up downtown include an overhaul of the downtown Berkeley BART Plaza, and the reconfiguration of Shattuck Avenue.

Read more about parking in Berkeley in past Berkeleyside coverage. Visit the city of Berkeley website for more details about the garage.

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ZAB to downtown garage developer: Step up your game (06.15.15)

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...