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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Approved For New 4th Street Garage

A photo of the Fourth Street parking garage in Bloomington.

(Ethan Burks, WFIU/WTIU News)

Electric vehicle charging stations will be part of the new Fourth Street parking garage when it opens later this year. 

The Bloomington Redevelopment Commission approved the city’s contract with EV Connect, Inc. Monday night for $39,780. Assistant city attorney Larry Allen said that’s enough for 10 charging stations.

"Generally, we [the city] want a certain number of electric vehicle charging stations in each parking garage," said Allen.

When the city council approved the site plan in early 2020, councilmembers emphasized the importance of building a more sustainable parking garage.

READ MORE: City Approves 4th Street Garage Plans, Adds Nearly 200 Spaces

Allen said the electrical installation will also make it easier to add more stations in the future as electric cars become more popular.

The cost of charging stations are covered by the $18.5 million bond issuance that was passed to build the new garage.

"Additionally, this includes an extended warranty for one of the stations based on a state grant that we expect to receive from the Volkswagen settlement," said Allen

Construction on the parking structure is still on pace to be completed around the same time IU students return for the fall semester.

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