Metrolink, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the City of Orange are working together to construct a new parking structure that will make it safer, faster and easier to take Metrolink to and from Historic Old Towne Orange.
The Orange Metrolink Station Parking Structure is being built on the corner of Chapman Avenue and Lemon Street in the heart of Old Towne Orange. Conveniently located between the Historic Santa Fe Train Depot and the Old Towne Plaza and Shopping District, Metrolink riders will be able to park their cars or secure their bikes, then catch their train, or walk to one of Old Towne’s various shopping, dining, educational or entertainment venues.
As of May 2018, the structure is coming into full-view. Since breaking ground in July, construction crews have completed several major milestones, including soil excavation and hauling. The structure’s foundation and shoring were completed earlier this year and crews are currently building several decks. In the weeks and months to come, crews will undertake a variety of tasks, including the installation of electrical and operational systems.
When completed in late 2018/early 2019, the new parking structure and plaza areas will feature a historic design reflecting the character, style and scale of the surrounding historic district. In all, the parking structure will consist of 611 parking spaces on five levels, including two subterranean levels. The structure will have electric car charging stations and bike lockers. To help energize the structure and reduce costs, “low-profile” solar panels will be installed on the rooftop.
Funding for the $33.2 million projects is provided by the City of Orange, OCTA’s OC Go (formerly Measure M), as well as state and federal funds. Approved by nearly 70% of Orange County voters in 2006, OC Go is Orange County’s half-cent sales tax to fund transportation improvements.