Updated: October 15, 2020 07:35 PM
Created: October 15, 2020 05:58 PM
SARATOGA SPRINGS - After years of debate and about 12 months of construction, the Saratoga Springs City Center parking garage will open in just about 10 days.
Final touches were being added Thursday to the five level, 600 space structure.
It's connected to the City Center through an enclosed walkway and is expected to help them land bigger conventions.
"We have multiple events that have signed contracts already because this structure's in place. It also opens up a whole new tier of corporate event that we were not considered for in the past," said Ryan McMahon, executive director.
It's also expected to ease parking congestion for people shopping and dining downtown.
"It's just going to get people to spend more time downtown," said Kathy Crager, owner of Walt and Whitman Cafe. "It's going to support all of our local businesses."
There's green space outside and space on the ground level where a farmers market could be held.
On the top floor, there's room tents, and there's a catering prep room.
They expect conventioneers will love having some outdoor space for gatherings.
"Go up to the roof of the parking structure to have a nice tented reception and then come back downstairs to dinner. That's a real advantage," McMahon said.
When they hold the soft opening later this month, it will be the end of hard work to finish a project decades in the making.
"It's a great feeling to finally get a project of this magnitude that will help downtown Saratoga done," said McMahon.
Beginning in January, the first hour will always be free, but after that it'll cost a dollar an hour up to a maximum of $15 a day.
It'll open the week of October 26. A grand opening is scheduled for the week of November 10.
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