Ian Donnis tweeted out a link to the legislation authorizing a new Downtown Garage Commission:
Here’s the bill for the downtown garage commission: tinyurl.com/le7bxqh Panel is due to report findings by Jan 7, 2014
— Ian Donnis (@IanDon) June 7, 2013
Back in 2005 there was a $20 million proposal to build a garage on this site. Ian Donnis wrote about a similar plan languishing back in 2008 when he was at the Providence Phoenix. And in 2009, then Mayor Cicilline put $47 million in his stimulus wish list for the garage.
The desire for a garage at this site goes back way further than that even. The Providence 1970 plan, written in the early 60′s basically called for Downtown to be ringed with garages just off the highways, then an elevated people mover system would move people around town from the garages. Though the interstate highway that originally prompted this as a location is gone, and an elevated people mover in Providence is a non-starter, the Garrahy Courthouse as a parking garage location lives on.