It’s official. The University of Louisville Health Sciences Center Mega-Garage is now under construction at the corner of Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Clay Street. The site, formerly a surface level parking lot, has been cleared and excavation has begun. The mega-garage is slated to have 9 floors with 1700 parking spaces and will cost $26 million.
Plans for the garage call for a brick and concrete facade to relate to the under construction bio-medical research facility next door and to soften the appearance for the new Liberty Green housing across Muhammad Ali. The mega-garage will provide retail space at sidewalk level along Muhammad Ali for a cafe or coffee shop, providing some street activity much needed in the area. Construction is long overdue as funding approval from the state has been slow. The mega-garage was designed by JRA Architects of Louisville and scheduled for completion around November 2009.