Tuesday, April 30th, marks the passage of a major milestone for the downtown redevelopment project — the PARTA transit center and parking deck will open it’s doors at 7 am and welcome customers for the first time.
That’s big news for all of the retail shops and restaurants that have been elated with the customer excitement over all the new stores downtown but they’ve been begging for help on getting those excited customers a convenient place to park. That call will be answered complements of John Drew, General Manager of PARTA at 7 am on April 30th.
The PARTA transit center and parking garage is opening not a moment too soon as the warm weather has ignited a “new-phoria” for downtown Kent and nothing says welcome to the new and improved downtown Kent than a 365 space parking garage located in the heart of downtown that will be open around the clock and free of charge during the month of May.
There will still be construction going on in and around the PARTA center but the parking areas are ready to see some action.
Between PARTA’s opening, the rapid construction of the esplanade, and the new hotel preparing to open for business in June, the overall downtown redevelopment plan is really starting to take shape.
That feeling was validated when we got a chance to see a bird’s eye view of the how these pieces fit together. See for yourself.