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Quincy Center T garage closed due to structural problems

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 3, 2012 04:09 PM

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The Quincy Center MBTA parking garage will be closed indefinitely, after studies found that the structure was unsafe.

According to a release put out Tuesday afternoon, structural engineers determined that the 41-year-old parking garage – the oldest in the MBTA system – had significant water damage and patterns of concrete deterioration within the facility.

The garage will be closed starting Wednesday.

“With public safety as a top priority, the MBTA has decided to close the garage indefinitely,” MBTA spokesperson Joe Pestaturo said in a release. “There are no issues with the Red Line and Commuter Rail Stations at Quincy Center…The garage is an entirely different structure.”

The damage was not the result of any recent storm, Pestaturo said.

Pestaturo said an average of 450 vehicles park in the garage on a typical weekday, which should be readily and easily absorbed by parking facilities at both the Quincy Adams and North Quincy Station.

Quincy officials said they were informed of the change on Tuesday, and that they were not concerned about parking needs or structural integrity of the station itself.

“The garage at last report was not well-used. It was around 50 percent capacity…[and] the T has told us that the issue is relative to the parking only, and that’s the information we’re working under,” said mayoral spokesperson Christopher Walker.

The news of the closure of the center’s parking facility comes on the heels of the Town Brook groundbreaking, the start of the $1.6 billion Quincy Center Revitalization.

The brook is part of the city’s renovation of the downtown, which also includes the construction of a park area going from the Quincy Center T station to the first area of development on Hancock Street.

Although the parking garage has been closed for now, Walker said the mayor was hopeful that a solution would be figured out for the long term.

“The mayor has had several discussions with the appropriate people at the T and there are ongoing talks relative to the long-term future of the station and the parking situation,” Walker said. “[T renovation] is not specifically within the agreement that exists right now, but obviously long term, it is part of the planning process.”

According to Pestaturo, the MBTA plans to work with the City of Quincy on any future decisions regarding the garage.

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