Artist rendering sold to City Council, public nothing like final downtown garage
COLUMBIA, 3/21/11 (Beat Byte) -- An officially-sanctioned 2007-08 artist's rendering of the new downtown parking garage distributed by city officials to the media and public grossly misrepresents the new downtown parking garage's final size, shape, appearance, and dimensions.
The picture supports the idea that city officials were not being honest when they promised a "maximum of six stories, more likely four," Grimes, Fay & Kopp law partner Andrew Kopp said at a January business forum. Kopp's office is directly across from the 8-story garage.
"Work will begin today on a new parking garage in Columbia," KRCG news reported in July 2009. The structure at Fifth and Walnut Streets is expected to be complete by the fall of 2010, and city officials hope it will alleviate parking problems north of Broadway and a shortage of parking spaces for the post office. Last year, the City of Columbia released a picture of what the structure may look like."
The first picture shows a 2-3 story structure with tall windows, ample retail, and nowhere near the skyline-warping impact of the final version. The second photo shows the final version.