Construction got underway this week on a 121-space parking lot near a downtown intersection that figures to be busy this summer with building activity.The new parking lot at the southeast corner of Sixth and Grant streets will be located next to an existing parking lot west of Vancouver City Hall. The new lot is expected to be completed in late July or early August. The Vancouver City Council voted June 3 to approve a $328,733.84 construction contract with McDonald Excavating of Washougal.The added spaces will extend the space of the existing lot. Entry to the expanded lot will continue to be through a gate off Esther Street. There will be a Sixth Street exit from the lot.Adding nearly an acre of parking is expected to relieve some of downtown’s parking pressures, said Chad Eiken, director of the city’s Community and Economic Development Department.“While we anticipate this property will be redeveloped for a higher and better use at some point in the near future, this will allow us to move about 35 city vehicles out of the Vancouvercenter garage and provide the remaining spaces for employees who have been on a waiting list … as well as opening up about 40 spaces for monthly permits to the general public,” Eiken said in an email.