A $35 million renovation of downtown parking structure No. 6 will be underway in Febraury.
Located on the east side of Second Street between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard and built in 1968, the current structure will be demolished next month.
In its future incarnation, it will house 700 cars—double the current parking spaces. The eight-level public parking structure will include 527 spaces above ground and 221 spaces on 3½ levels below ground with a separate entrance.
It will also include a protected, 90-bike storage room, 30 electric car charging stations and a solid waste/recycling area at the rear to help remove bins now placed in the adjacent alley.
Construction will last until late 2013.
During that time, the Santa Monica Police Department's downtown substation, located in Structure No. 6, will be closed.
Anyone who needs to file a report or obtain assistance with a non-emergency issue should call (310) 458-8491 or visit the Santa Monica Police Department's Public Safety Facility located at 333 Olympic Dr.
Also during construction, all-day parkers are encouraged to use the civic lot and structure, an entrance is located at Fourth Street and Civic Center Drive. City officials also ask commuters to take advantage of the Big Blue Bus shuttle to downtown.
All other downtown parking structures will operate normally during the construction.