This multi-phased capital project was approved and is funded as part of the County and Schools Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for FY 2018-2022.
Construction setup is expected to begin on Wednesday, August 9th. Construction will last approximately 60 to 90 days. The front main parking lot will be closed for use throughout the project, beginning on August 9th. The county apologizes for any inconvenience this may create. Customers and citizens will be given priority to park in all the lots surrounding the Administration Building Complex.
The expansion is in response to both a parking study completed in December 2016 and concerns raised by citizens. The study confirmed that existing parking lots are not in compliance with County Code standards for parking; the building is short approximately 71 spaces.
Phase I of the project, occurring now, involves the redesign and expansion of the front main parking lot for the Administration Building. The timing is designed to limit the negative impact to the public as well as to county staff as it relates to construction and parking. Phase II involves construction of a permanent parking lot behind the Extension Office building in summer 2018. Approximately 38 spaces will be added in the front and 25 spaces in the rear, for a total of 63 spaces.
Preparation for construction began on Sunday, July 23rd with removal of existing trees surrounding the main front parking lot. The natural components of the complex are very important to the county and the removal of the trees was a heavy consideration during the development of the scope of the project. Numerous options were evaluated to meet the parking demands and preserve as many trees as possible in the final design. Landscaping and trees removed will be replaced with a greater quantity of new landscaping and mature trees.
“We thank citizens for their patience during this project,” said John Budesky, county administrator. “Once complete the expansion of parking will allow citizens and customers easier access to county offices, especially during high-traffic periods.”
As the project progresses, updates will be shared via the county’s website www.goochlandva.us, social media channels, and through local media.