By EMILY PREVITI – Staff Writer Press of Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY — Parking problems at The Walk outlet shopping mall could be a thing of the past Thursday when a 1,200-space garage opens at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway.
The Christopher Columbus parking garage at Fairmount and Mississippi avenues will feature rooftop solar panels and public restrooms on the ground floor, where galleries and related retail are expected to open later. But more importantly, it will expand parking for shoppers, who have complained doing so at the 100-store outdoor complex is inconvenient, expensive — or both.
Officials from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which handled the project, said previously they hoped to offer lower prices than the $7-to-$12 fees at the nearby South Jersey Transportation Authority lot and Atlantic City Convention Center garage.
Final decisions on any discount or validation offers, however, rest with Standard Parking Corp. of Philadelphia. The company clinched a $1.4 million, three-year contract to manage the CRDA’s five-level facility last November, an expense included in the total $38.4 million project cost.
Workers at The Walk likely will be eligible for discounts. Full details on those and other rates will be available today, Standard Parking representatives said Tuesday.