A new 860-space parking garage is now under construction on Third Street across from the arena. The Galt House is building the garage and expects the structure to be completely open at the end of 2010 or early 2011 although some portions of the garage could be open sooner.
Included in the plans is a pedway to connect the garage to Main Street as well as a small amount of retail space. Check the full details of the project on an earlier Broken Sidewalk post. The garage was designed by Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan of Louisville.
The site was once home to a tangle of electrical equipment that was moved to an adjacent new substation. Some of the wooden foundations to the previous structure remain in the ground and require a unique configuration of new concrete footings. When I visited a couple weeks ago, the site was very muddy but still quite active. Since then, many tons of concrete have been poured and auger-cast piles driven.
In photos after the click, you can see workers installing concrete form work and a portion of a stair leading to the Galt House Grand Ballroom that was demolished to make room for the pedway.