The City of Abbotsford plans to spend $1 million to create a parking lot on the west side of Justice Way. Google Map image

The City of Abbotsford plans to spend $1 million to create a parking lot on the west side of Justice Way. Google Map image

City to spend $1 million on parking to replace staff lot at new courthouse site

Construction on new facility expected to begin middle of next year

It will cost the City of Abbotsford around $1 million to replace a parking lot slated to be lost when construction begins next year on the new $150 million courthouse.

Building on the new facility is expected to begin by the middle of 2018. When that happens, the city will lose a parking lot currently used by staff, UFV students and others at the civic precinct. To replace that, staff have budgeted $1 million to create a new lot.

Deputy city manager Jake Rudolph said the lot is expected to be a “temporary solution,” while construction is ongoing.

“As much as that dollar figure is large, it’s going to require ingenuity to get a large surface parking area installed at that budget.”

When finished, the courthouse will have its own parking, although that will be for employees who work at the facility.

The city says it is too early to say what will become of the old courthouse once the new facility begins operation.