Downtown garage work 
will restart April 1

Downtown garage work 
will restart April 1

The downtown garage on Main Street is almost done, with renovations set to be restarted April 1 and completed in May. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

PAWTUCKET – After a lengthy winter break, work on the downtown's parking garage on Main Street will commence again on April 1, say city officials, with renovations set to conclude in May.

A couple of storefronts at the front ground level of the garage were demolished last year, and passersby can get a good view of a new open layout expected to improve security for the three-floor facility, which holds about 140 parking spaces.

Also being done is a new paint job and new LED light fixtures as part of a project providing an improved parking experience for visitors to the downtown Main Street area.

The $223,900 project is being funded in part by a grant from the state, with additional matching funds from the city and the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency. Work was originally slated to run through last November, but faced some delays.

“The completion of the downtown garage will offer a more welcoming place to park for those visiting the businesses in the downtown,” said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien. “Currently the project is in winter shutdown with an expected completion of the renovations in May due to the winter weather.”

A rumor that work had stopped because the city stopped paying the contractor is not true, he said.

“The city looks forward to the completion of this project as it is essential for the businesses in the downtown area,” he said.