Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vallejo's ferry station project key to recovery

Vallejo's ferry station project key to recovery

By Jessica A. York / Times-Herald

Posted: 06/22/2010 07:50:26 AM PDT.

Local, regional and federal officials gathered to break ground on the Vallejo Station Project's ferry parking structure.

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, described the Vallejo Station as part of a nationwide effort to drive economic growth, green development and commuter cost savings.

"This has been a project of note for some years, but it was really about a vision for this city, to tie this city back to its strength, which is the historical waterfront of this area," Miller told a construction-site gathering of about 75.

The $74 million-Vallejo Station will be a hub for various modes of transportation, ferry, bus, automobile and bicycles. Monday's focus was the parking facility, plus a bus transfer station, transportation offices and a pedestrian throughway.

The two-part multi-story parking facility is expected to open up a cumulative 7 acres of waterfront property for development. It has so far been funded by public funds and private investments, including a $1 million city contribution.

Monday's ceremony marked the start of two years of construction on the parking facility's first stage, a 700-space parking garage and pedestrian walkway to connect an under-construction bus facility on one side and the ferry on the other. Some 200 union jobs are expected to be created by the first phase. The second phase, including a second garage tower, still needs
$9 million more in public funding. . . 

More information on Vallejo Station is available online at www.vallejo station.com, or by calling Allan Panganiban, city senior civil engineer, at
(707) 648-4686.

Contact staff writer Jessica A. York at (707) 553-6834 or jyork@timesheraldonline.com.

At a glance Vallejo Station parking structure:

. Two-part project consolidates ferry parking spread along the waterfront

. 700 parking space-garage, plus another 250 on the ground in Phase 1

. Phase 2 will provide a total of 1,200 total parking spaces

. Total parking project cost: $74 million

. First union construction contract for city

. Will free 11 acres of ground, and provide development space atop the Phase
2 garage.