Swinerton Breaks Ground on Downtown Georgetown Austin Avenue Parking Garage

A groundbreaking event marked a milestone on March 26 as Swinerton’s Austin Division, in collaboration with the City of Georgetown and WGI Architects, began construction on the downtown Austin Avenue Parking Garage at 502 S. Main St in Georgetown, TX.

“We are not only constructing a parking garage but laying the foundation for enhanced accessibility and connectivity within downtown Georgetown,” says Alison Satt, Vice President and Division Manager, Swinerton’s Austin Division. “We are proud to be a part of this project that will redefine the downtown landscape and foster greater engagement for all who visit and call this vibrant city home.”

Completing in two phases, each aimed at enhancing downtown visitors’ accessibility. The project begins with reconfigurating Block 27’s parking lot and provides a new 5th Street entrance. Following this, the second phase will be constructing the parking garage itself, accompanied by the narrowing of 6th Street between Austin Ave and Main St.

Once completed, the mixed-use parking garage will stand at four parking levels with 315 parking stalls, public facilities, and commercial space designed to house city offices and meeting rooms. The garage’s design has two entry points featuring vertical circulation areas positioned at opposite corners: one at Main St, while the other at Austin Ave, each equipped with stairs and an elevator for easy access.

Designed by WGI Architect, the concrete parking garage’s facade blends into the downtown aesthetic with brick and limestone accents. Storefronts are on the first and second levels, while the commercial space exudes modern appeal with its storefront facade, complete with deep aluminum canopies. This commercial area will serve as a hub, providing office and meeting spaces for Downtown and Tourism City staff.

“We’re thrilled to be breaking ground on this much-needed parking garage for downtown,” Mayor Josh Schroeder said in a recent article by KXAN. “This garage helps us address some of our parking challenges downtown and will ensure Georgetown remains a vibrant and welcoming destination for years to come.”

The $19.8 million garage will reach completion by September 2025. Strategically addressing parking needs for the Square, the garage aims to reduce the number of visitors parking on neighborhood streets while enhancing overall accessibility and convenience for all who frequent downtown Georgetown. With this development, the heart of the city is positioned to beat even stronger, welcoming residents and visitors alike with open arms.