A long-awaited parking garage planned for West Street in Annapolis received its first approval Tuesday night.

The Historic District Commission gave the proposed Gotts Court garage conceptual approval. That means the city can develop detailed plans for the garage, which itwill need to get final approval from the commission.

The commission must approve any Historic District building design.

"I'm very pleased," City Administrator Michael Mallinoff said. "I think it's great progress toward giving West Street something it really needs."

A parking garage at Gotts Court has been in the worksfor five years.

The 510-space garage will cost $5.5 million to build. An additional 32-39 spaces will be located next to the garage. The state will contribute $2 million toward construction costs, in exchange for about 125 spaces in the garage.

The 10-level structure will be built behind the Arundel Center, with entrances off Calvert and Northwest streets. It will be no more than 32 feet high, and 2 levels of the garage will be below ground.

The commission's approval focused on general details, such as the size and location of the garage.

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