Initial construction of the Hillman Annapolis garage begins today; garage will remain open until General Assembly adjourns – Baltimore Sun

Preliminary work to rebuild the Noah Hillman Garage will begin today, with workers erecting a construction fence and carrying out other preparations ahead of full demolition later this month.

The garage will remain open until the adjournment of the Maryland General Assembly on April 11, the city announced.

“We are thrilled to begin this landmark project and the steps we have taken to ensure Annapolis remains open and vibrant like never before during reconstruction, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said in a press release. “Once the garage is complete, it will be an incredible asset with more parking spaces, storm water controls and environmental features including a solar roof, EV chargers, easier payments, better lighting and more safety features. It will be a structure that will take Annapolis into the future.

Other preliminary works will include the installation of safety equipment; survey; remove light fixtures, piping and signage; and pruning and clearing of trees.

The workers will then begin to dismantle the nearly 50-year-old garage piece by piece.

As construction begins, workers will focus on reducing dust, noise and vibration, the city said. Vibration monitors and dust mitigation measures will be installed on site to protect surrounding buildings.

The project should last 14 months. Work will generally take place between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Gorman Street will be closed to general traffic except for a single lane for parking and delivery access.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit accessannapolis.com for transportation and parking alternatives while Hillman is closed. The city will send out periodic electronic newsletters about the project.

The city offers a 10-minute tram service from the outlying car parks to the city center. The free Annapolis Circulator will run more frequently from Park Place Garage to Main Street. An on-demand car service will also launch in May with a proprietary app.

Those holding monthly parking passes at Hillman will be transferred to Gotts Court or Knighton garages. Passes can be transferred to annapolisparking.com.

During construction, the city will implement new parking rules in the two residential parking areas in Ward 1.

Going forward, visitors without residential parking permits will no longer be able to park for free for up to two hours in the District 1 and 2 parking areas. Non-permit holders will instead pay $4 per hour via the ParkMobile app.

There will be no change in parking for Ward 1 permit holders.

Originally slated for demolition in February, the project was delayed as the city negotiated details of a public-private partnership with Annapolis Mobility and Resilience Partners.

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Under the terms of the agreement, the consortium will demolish and rebuild the garage and then operate it for 30 years. In return, the city will receive a one-time upfront payment of about $25 million and then about $1 million annually from parking revenue to help fund its transit system.

“The process to reach consensus on the design and reconstruction of Hillman has been a multi-year effort with hundreds of stakeholders, including residents, businesses and elected officials, contributing to numerous town hall meetings, the official said. City Manager David Jarrell in the press release. . “To get to the start of construction is a great achievement and I want to thank our involved stakeholders, city staff and our city council.

“We also appreciate the great work that has been done by our development team, Annapolis Mobility and Resilience Partners,” added Jarrell. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked through the inevitable issues associated with this large and important project. The new garage will be a huge improvement for downtown Annapolis.

Once built, the garage will have 590 spaces, compared to 425 currently.

It will include elevators, storm water controls, doorless entry and exit, smart technology for wayfinding and parking space sensors, electric vehicle charging capabilities, bicycle parking and improved lighting and security.

AMRP member Premium Parking will manage parking on residential streets in Ward 1 and at the new Hillman Garage.

There are plans to install a camera on an adjacent building to broadcast live the old garage being dismantled and the new one standing in its place, Jarrell said.