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New parking deck opens in growing downtown Raleigh

The parking garage at The Dillon, the new office and apartment complex in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh, is now open.
The parking garage at The Dillon, the new office and apartment complex in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh, is now open. rstradling@newsobserver.com

For the first time in nearly a decade, a new parking deck has opened to the public in downtown Raleigh.

The parking garage at The Dillon in the Warehouse District is now open, even as workers put the finishing touches on the retail, office and apartment complex that envelopes it. The Dillon is the first deck with public spaces to open downtown since the Charter Square office tower garage in 2009, according to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

The Dillon has more than 950 spaces divided between office tenants, residents and the public, including visitors to the ground-level retail stores, said Meredith McLaurin, director of operations for McLaurin Parking and Transportation, which manages the garage. The city, which owns 35 percent of the garage, has 75 spaces reserved for users of Raleigh Union Station, the train station across the street that is expected to begin handling Amtrak trains next month.

McLaurin is selling monthly accounts for $125 to people who work outside The Dillon. The company has sold about 200 so far and isn't looking to cap that at this point, McLaurin said.

Daily public parking is available for $2 an hour or $18 for the day, she said. The garage, with entrances on West and Harrington streets, is open 24 hours a day.

The Dillon is the first public parking deck in downtown Raleigh with no cashiers on-site to take money or assist customers, McLaurin said. The deck takes credit cards only — no cash — and if someone has a problem there is a 24-hour hotline to call for help.

"There's a button that you press," McLaurin said. "It takes about 4 seconds, and somebody can talk you through it."

Rising from inside the walls of an old Dillon Supply Company warehouse, The Dillon includes a 17-story tower with nine floors of offices atop the parking garage, as well as a six-story apartment building — both with retail on the ground floor. For information about parking, go to thedillonraleigh.com/warehouse-district/.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling
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