Skyline Garage adds 1,077 parking spaces to downtown Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Parking in downtown Fort Wayne just got a little easier.

City leaders cut the ribbon to the Skyline Garage at 11 a.m. Monday, opening up 1,077 new spaces to the public.

Now downtown Fort Wayne has about 8,000 parking spaces, according to the city of Fort Wayne.

The parking garage was built to accommodate the business the Ash Skyline Plaza will bring to downtown. Some parking spaces will be reserved for employees of Ash Brokerage, future residents of Skyline Tower apartments, retail and tenants in the Ash Skyline Plaza.

The rest of the parking spaces will be for the general public.

“The Skyline Garage is critical because it supports the success of the Ashy Skyline Plaza and the future Skyline Tower apartments,” Mayor Tom Henry said at the ribbon cutting. “The garage is another essential part of our work to revitalize downtown Fort Wayne and create a regional destination for businesses, residents and visitors.”

Construction on the garage began in July 2015. In January 2016, the garage opened to contract parking.

The parking garage is part of the $110 million Ash Skyline Plaza project.

The Skyline Garage will also have LED lighting that will illuminate downtown. The color scheme is similar to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge.

There will also be parking for 100 bikes. The bike hub, which is operated by the YMCA, connects to the new Skyline YMCA facility.

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