Structure will bring nearly 500 spaces to Sarasota island shopping district.
SARASOTA — The St. Armands Garage will open to the public Tuesday with nearly 500 public parking spaces, launching a paid parking program at St. Armands Circle to boost parking availability and reduce street congestion.
The four-level garage, on North Adams Drive, includes 484 parking spaces, five electric vehicle charging stations including one DC fast charger, bicycle storage and repair station and public restrooms. Twenty-three surface lot spaces adjacent to the garage also were created. The garage also features efficient lighting systems, a tire inflation station and solar panels that will be installed on the rooftop to help power the garage.
The $15 million facility is the result of a mutual partnership between the city of Sarasota and St. Armands commercial property owners who will help pay for the facility through a special assessment. The paid parking program also will fund the project and operations. The parking rate in the St. Armands garage is 50 cents per hour Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays recognized by the city of Sarasota.
Forty pay stations and six traditional single-head parking meters are installed around St. Armands Circle for on-street parking and parking in the Fillmore Lot, lat South Adams Drive and Monroe Drive. Visitors can pay by credit card, debit card, coins or ParkMobile app.