A new parking structure offering some relief to BART riders scanning lots for open spaces on workdays opened Saturday.
The structure, built on the Dublin side of the Dublin/Pleasanton station, features 1,500 parking spaces. The seven-story building was constructed for $42 million. A ceremony dedicating it was held Friday morning, featuring Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart, Sen. Ellen Corbett, Assemblyman Guy Houston and BART officials.
The structure was to open a couple of months earlier, but Haggerty, in response to complaints from residents, requested that it be painted to give it a more attractive appearance. The structure is now painted in gold and teal accents.
A surface parking lot adjacent to the new structure and AvalonBay Communities townhomes will still be available to riders temporarily until the homebuilder embarks on its plans for housing and retail on the land, Haggerty said.
The parking structure is the cornerstone of the Dublin Transit Center, a transit-oriented development that will be a pedestrian-friendly village with 1,800 high-density housing units, 2 million square feet of commercial office and retail space and a park. The structure was the result of a partnership between BART, the city of Dublin, the Alameda County Surplus Property Authority and AvalonBay.
The design of the garage is such that it will be able to expand to accommodate an additional 500 spaces in the future.