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Carilion Clinic plans for parking garage near future Crystal Spring Tower

ROANOKE, Va. – Changes are coming to construction plans for the Carilion Clinic in the Crystal Spring area.

On Monday evening, the Roanoke City Council voted unanimously to approve updated plans for a parking lot.

“We have asked the City Council to approve a parking lot at the corner of Jefferson and McClanahan,” said Carilion Senior Director of Corporate Communications Chris Turnbull.

The parking garage will service the anticipated increase in the number of patients and staff that will be served at the Crystal Spring Tower, which is still under construction.

Original plans were approved in 2019 for a new behavioral and mental health facility including parking.

However, plans for a new facility are on hold due to financial issues.

“Instead, we will reconfigure the space for the garage and we are looking at a number of options for the existing mental health facility there. That remains a priority,” Turnbull said.

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Residents of Jefferson Street voiced their support for the project at Monday’s meeting and urged caution for pedestrian safety.

“I ask the city if you will continue to add more crosswalks and street signs, especially along Jefferson Street, Broadway and McClanahan, which many are told to cross to get to Carilion,” Irene said. Malachowsky, resident of southwest Roanoke.

The parking garage will include 600 parking spaces, not only for Carilion patients and staff, but also for the public to use free of charge.

“I think it’s going to work out well for us,” Mayor Sherman Lea said. “We support this order and also let citizens know that we are receptive and that we will look into these things and recognize that a lot of traffic may increase.”

The parking lot is expected to be completed in 2025, the same year Carilion’s Crystal Spring Tower is expected to be operational.

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