Santa Monica city officials have announced that Parking Structure 6 will be closing as of Monday, Feb. 13 for construction.

Demolition work on the structure, located at 1431 Second St. between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard, will begin in March. All other downtown structures will continue operating as usual.

The new parking structure will have over 700 spaces, roughly doubling what is currently available on three subterranean levels and eight above-ground parking levels. It will offer many aesthetic and environmental improvements, including space for up to 90 bicycles in racks and 19 motorcycles, and approximately 7,000 square feet of retail space fronting on Second Street.

A west-facing staircase element will offer patrons ocean views as they enter and exit the structure and increase safety with its high visibility, city officials say.

The Civic Center lot and structure at 333 Olympic Drive (Olympic and Fourth Street) are good options for those who wish to park in Santa Monica all day, city representatives say.

The Big Blue Bus is operating a shuttle between downtown Santa Monica and the Civic Center in a continuous loop every 10 minutes, Monday through Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. and 3:30 to 7:40 p.m. In addition, Big Blue Bus lines 2 and 3 pick up on Fourth Street just east of the Civic Center parking facilities every eight minutes during operating hours, offering convenient access to downtown.

Construction of Parking Structure 6 is expected to be completed in late 2013.

Information, (310) 458-8295, or www.smgov.net/parking.

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