CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County's Huntington Park Garage, which has been undergoing $20 million in repairs and upgrades for almost a year, needs an additional $1 million to repair concrete on lower floors.
And more money is likely to be requested by the end of March, Public Works Director Michael Dever told County Council's finance committee on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old structure at Lakeside Avenue and West 3rd Street needed extensive structural repairs and replacement of its fire suppression system and elevators.
The four-level garage is used by employees and visitors to the Justice Center, Cuyahoga County Courthouse, the convention center and the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel.
Dever, who has said the extent of the garage's problems would not be evident until work was underway, told the council committee an additional $1 million was needed to fix concrete.
"A lot of concrete repair is taking place," he said. "We are on the lower floors and are doing additional repairs as we chip the concrete. We are still not at the end."
He said council will likely be asked for additional money before the end of March.
Council in 2015 agreed to issue $22 million in bonds to repair the garage repairs and improve handicap access to the Cuyahoga County Courthouse by upgrading the elevator from the parking garage and courthouse bathrooms.
The bonds will be paid off by parking revenue, estimated at $1.6 million a year. That includes income from 510 garage spaces set aside for the Hilton hotel and the county convention center.
Parking rates increased a year ago from $1.25 to $2 per 15 minutes. The maximum daily rate increased from $8 to $10.
When repairs are complete and parking spaces are restriped, the number of spaces will increase from 1,110 to 1,177.
The renovations which will result in 183 fewer transient parking spaces.
Garage repairs are expected to be concluded by late fall. A $10 million underground walkway from the garage to the hotel will be complete by the end of the summer, Dever said.
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