We are very, very excited to announce that the OCTA Board of Directors has approved the contract for construction of the parking structure in Old Towne, which will be known as the Metrolink Parking Structure at the Orange Transportation Center. Located on the site of the current municipal parking lot at Lemon St. and Chapman Ave., it will house 611 parking spaces intended for both public transportation patrons and Old Towne residents, businesses, and visitors.
This approval means that the final hurdle has been cleared, and the logistical planning for construction can begin. We expect the 172-space Lemon parking lot to permanently close this August, and the project to take approximately 18 months to complete. The specific date for the closure and groundbreaking will be announced in the near future.
To help mitigate the impact of temporarily losing public parking spaces, Chapman University has generously offered to provide alternative parking locations while the structure is under construction. We will provide the public with more information on parking alternatives once the project timeline is approved.
The 5-level structure will have 2 sub-levels to ensure the total height of the building does not appear out-of-place with the other buildings in Old Towne. Both the style and architectural features were designed with extensive input from the community, and are meant to blend-in with the look and feel of the historic district.
The Metrolink Parking Structure at the Orange Transportation Center is a cooperative venture between the City and OCTA. For the history of the project, please click here.