Dublin's historic district is about to get a more parking -- to the tune of more than 500 additional spaces.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new parking garage adjacent to the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 75 N. High St., is scheduled for 4 p.m. April 12, according to Dublin public-affairs officer Lindsay Weisenauer.
City staff members and City Council are scheduled to attend the event, which is open to the public, she said.
Work began in December 2017 on the four-level, 550-space parking garage, and the construction cost is a little less than $11.85 million, Weisenauer said. The Columbus Metropolitan Library contributed $1.083 million toward that expense, she said.
Of the 550 spaces, 200 will be dedicated to library patrons during operating hours, Weisenauer said.
The project has been in the making for decades, Weisenauer said, and City Council members have been working over the years on providing good options for improved parking in the Historic District for visitors and businesses.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library's investment in the Dublin branch enabled the parking garage to come to fruition now, she said.
The new library is scheduled to open June 6.
Those who work with businesses and restaurants in the Historic District say the parking garage will address a longtime concern with parking availability in the area.
Rick Gerber, president of the Historic Dublin Business Association, said parking had been a top concern for several years for Historic Dublin's shops and restaurants.
The garage, he said, will go a long way in abating those concerns.
"It's a shot in the arm, to state the obvious," he said.
Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau, said he had heard from local restaurants and businesses and visitors that parking in Historic Dublin was a challenge, especially during lunch or evening hours.
The garage will be a huge asset, not only for local businesses, but for visitors as well, Dring said.
"It's going to fulfill a need in that area, and it's only going to help raise visitation to the area and the economic impact it will have on the community," he said.