Norfolk International Airport is in the process of securing funding for a “huge” new parking garage that would consolidate several lots across the aiport’s property.
Steve Sterling, deputy executive director of administration and operations at the Norfolk Airport Authority, said they are still in the early stages of getting funding but they hope to get a bid out sometime this summer and get the parking garage finished by summer of 2021.
Money for the project will come from a combination of general airport revenue bonds and airport provided funding, he said.
The new parking garage will cost between $60-$70 million and all roughly 3,226 spaces will be open for employee and public use.
Currently the airport has a separate lot with about 600 spaces on the corner of Robinhood and Miller Store roads for employees to park.
Employees have to then catch a shuttle bus that runs 24/7 which costs the airport about $620,000 a year, something the Norfolk Airport Authority hopes to phase out and discontinue with the new parking structure.
In the space where the new parking structure will go exists a small surface lot.
The new parking garage will absorb the 600 employee spots from the employee lot, the 323 rental car return spots that were moved a few months ago and take the 2,052 spaces from a long-term parking lot.
The long-term surface parking lot will in return be set aside for aircraft parking, Sterling said.
Overall, the new parking structure will have an additional 176 spots, roughly, he said.
Since the project is still in the planning phase those numbers could change but the site has already been picked out, Sterling said.
“This new parking structure will be a better use of our parking lots at the airport,” he said.
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