The city-owned parking lot at Third and G Streets could become a parking garage. | File photo: Andrew Goff


Good news for people who fear the City of Eureka values people over parking! What if the city built you a building for parking?

Eureka City Manager Miles Slattery says the city is working with the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) and the Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA) to track down funding sources and determine the feasibility of building a parking garage somewhere in Old Town Eureka.

“We are looking at different locations,” Slattery told the Outpost in a phone interview this morning. “To build these things there has to be a certain ingress and egress, stuff like that. Ideally, it would be located at the Third and G parking lot – where the old City Hall used to be – because it would be right next to the EaRTH Center, the city’s [future] multimodal transit center. If that doesn’t work there are a few other locations, like the lot at Second and H [Streets].”

The size and capacity of the parking garage have yet to be determined, Slattery said. Ideally, the garage would be able to accommodate the number of parking spaces that will be lost when the city moves ahead with its plans to develop several city-owned lots in Old Town and downtown, which adds up to around 200 spots. The height of the structure would be determined by the size of the lot, but Slattery said the structure would probably be two or three stories tall.

“It’s all very preliminary but it’s something we’re looking into,” Slattery said. “We should have some more information around the beginning of the year.”