A $17 million parking garage next to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is expected to wrap up construction next month, adding 521 spaces to parking-starved downtown.
The garage, which broke ground in November, also includes 5,600 square feet of retail space and a meeting area for First Baptist Church of San Antonio, which owns the land. With a brick and tile exterior, it was designed by local architecture firm Marmon Mok Architects.
Parking has been a problem for the Tobin Center since it opened in 2014, said Jack Freeman, its vice president of facilities and operations. It will likely become even more scarce in the area after construction projects such as CPS Energy’s new headquarters and the Arts Residences hotel and condo tower are completed nearby. “That was the biggest question all the time — where can I park?” Freeman said. Parking spots will cost $15 for regular spaces and $25 for reserved spaces, Tobin Center spokeswoman Kelley Kendall said. The garage will be open to the public when there are no events at the Tobin Center, Freeman said. Those who are attending events at the venue will be able to reserve some spaces online.