Downtown parking garage, hotel construction underway

Construction is underway on the publicly-financed downtown parking garage designed to support the proposed multi-floor hotel facing the Sumter Opera House.

Both the parking garage and the hotel it’s designed to support are in the initial phases of construction, forcing the closure of the 160-space public parking lot at the corner of West Hampton Avenue and North Sumter Street.

City officials have not given a finishing date for the project, saying the lot will be closed “until further notice.”

Back in September, Sumter City Council approved a bond for up to $4.5 million to pay for the construction of the multi-level parking garage to primarily support the proposed 93-room Hyatt hotel, which is said to have a $12 million price tag.  While the new parking garage is expected to remain municipal property, it is also being constructed with “consistent design standards” to match the proposed hotel.

With the parking lot now closed, city officials are now advising drivers looking for public parking downtown use either the parking lot behind the Liberty Center at the corner of South Sumter and Dugan Streets, the lot behind Hill Printing and J. O’Grady’s at the corner of South Harvin and Liberty Streets, the lot behind the Sumter Opera House at the corner, the lot at the corner of North Harvin Street and East Hampton Avenue.

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