Redding Calif.-- Construction is slated begin Monday to turn the old Dicker's building at Market and Butte streets in Downtown Redding into a shiny new four-story building with mixed use housing and retail space.
“This is truly the beginning of the Downtown Redding Investors mixed use development that involves removing the current Dicker's building downtown,” Redding Community Development Manager Steve Bade said. “And changing the footprint of that building with the new facility that's also going to trigger shutting down the parking facility.”
The project will take about two years to complete and will house 82 residential units, 56 of which will be affordable housing and 26 market rate with around 25,000 feet of commercial space.
But with the underground parking garage closing Monday, owner of Wavelengths hair salon Tracey Lynn is concerned where she and her customers will now park in a downtown where parking is already tight.
“Our clientele will come and find us wherever we are,” Lynn said. “But I think the biggest complaint for them is going to be parking, which has always been an issue down here.”
Currently, the garage has the capacity to hold about 150 vehicles, but those vehicles will now be parked on the street where Lynn's clients currently park.
“There's quite a few people in this promenade area that work here all day long or got to school,” she said. “So it doesn't free up any parking for the retail businesses.”
The city has already been working to add some additional parking downtown.
And Bade says there'll be enough parking to accommodate the number of spaces displaced from the garage.
“Beyond that, we're also working with RABA to create some parking on their facility over off Tehama Street,” he said.
For now, Lynn says all she can do is be patient.
She's lived through four previous downtown improvement projects, and she says she'll survive this one too.
“I think any improvement is good improvement in the downtown area to promote people coming down into this area,” Lynn said. “But you have to have parking.”
Bade says there won't be any major structural work happening right away, but residents can expect to see fencing going up around the perimeter.
But he said major changes are ahead in the coming months.