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Parking ramp closed again for more work

Analysis of parking structure continues as city continues with lawsuit.

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The city's new parking ramp near the intersection of First Avenue and First Street Southeast was slated to include housing, but city officials say more study is needed to determine if the structure will handle the added load. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
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Rochester's newest public parking ramp is closed for additional work.

City officials reported Thursday night that the closure is based on the ongoing analysis of the ramp on the northwest corner of First Street Southeast and First Avenue Southeast.

“Pursuant to continued evaluation of the Ramp 6 structure, we will be working with a contractor to complete work on Ramp 6," said Public Works Director Wendy Turri. "We have closed the ramp and will communicate when it will reopen.”

The city filed a lawsuit against Minneapolis-based Collaborative Design Group earlier this year, claiming it breached its contract with the city by failing to meet expectations in designing the parking structure, which was intended to eventually include housing on added levels.

Collaborative Design Group denies the city's allegations.

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The $31.4 million parking structure opened in 2019. Earlier this year, the City Council awarded a nearly $114,000 contract to Paragon Restoration II to address waterproofing and other concerns.

With the ramp closed, those with contract parking at the site are being asked to contact REEF Parking to make new arrangements.

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