The new downtown Glen Ellyn parking garage, located directly behind the Civic Center at 535 Duane Street, opened to the public on May 1, 2021. The new garage, accessible from Duane Street, features 277 stalls within five tiers of parking, one of which is underground. In addition to the garage, a row of ten surface parking stalls line the west side of the driveway from Duane Street. The garage features an elevator, four electric vehicle charging spots and LED lighting. It has 10 emergency call boxes, and a host of new security cameras.
The new garage serves parking patrons including residents, Metra commuters, businesses, visitors to Glen Ellyn, as well as Civic Center employees. Parking restrictions within the garage include:
- Lower Level: Civic Center employees.
- Ground level and 2nd Floor: Free three hour customer parking.
- 3rd and 4th Floor: Designated permit parking for commuters, downtown employees and neighboring residents.
Free public parking is available throughout the garage on two floors with additional free public parking after 3 p.m. daily and on weekends. Please note that there is no parking 2 – 6 a.m., except by overnight permit.
“The new parking garage is a major infrastructure investment to support the continued economic growth of downtown Glen Ellyn and the many small businesses who drive it,” said Village President Mark Senak. “The garage provides a safe, accessible and convenient way to park when visiting our downtown.”
The parking garage was approved by the Village Board in January 2020 and broke ground in August 2020. As a landmarked property, the garage was designed to complement the historic architecture style of the Civic Center through the use of similar building materials and design features.
Also open on May 1 was the pedway and plaza which creates a pedestrian connection from the parking garage to Main Street and Duane Street. To make way for this important improvement to the Central Business District (CBD), the Village purchased and subsequently demolished the buildings located at 423 N. Main Street. This demolition allowed for the creation of a public space to serve as a connection point to provide better access for customers and employees between the public parking garage and businesses in the downtown. The new pedway and plaza area provides opportunities for multiple outdoor dining areas, public artwork, seat wall planter boxes and decorative lighting.
The total cost of the project is approximately $17.5 million, which includes property acquisition, construction of the garage, the pedway and the plaza area. The Village’s food and beverage tax, which took effect in 2019, will contribute towards repaying bonds taken out to finance the project. Other revenue streams include parking permit and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds. The Village did not increase property taxes to pay for this project.
“This project helps to create a campus-like setting around the Civic Center,” said Village Manager Mark Franz. “The opening of the garage and pedway is an important milestone for our downtown. It is one of the many investments the Village is making over the next five years to continue to support the business community and enhance a vibrant and strong pedestrian-friendly downtown.”
The Civic Center Parking Garage is another investment in a series of public investments in downtown Glen Ellyn. In 2017, the Village partnered with College of DuPage to renovate the Civic Center to welcome Innovation DuPage and the Small Business Development Center to downtown Glen Ellyn. Public-private partnerships including recently opened Avere on Duane and mixed-use developments Apex 400 and Glenwood Station will total nearly $90 million of private capital investments in the downtown. Future public investments include the Downtown Streetscape & Utility Improvement Project (starting in spring 2022) and the new Train Station and Pedestrian Underpass project (tentatively starting in 2024) which will further provide necessary infrastructure improvements in the CBD to benefit the community today and into the future.
Additional Parking Garage Facts:
- 5,000 cubic yards of concrete
- 114,238 bricks cast into the exterior walls
- 72 steel piles installed 30’ deep around the garage to support the excavation
- 1,619 dump trucks of soil excavated
- Heaviest precast panel 63,000 pounds
- 550 Ton crane used for precast erection
- 45 feet tall
- 5 levels of parking
- 20-30 workers on site on a daily basis