1/3/2019 11:19:00 AM Downtown Bloomington parking garage closed until fall for repairs
At a glance
Drivers wishing to park downtown without permits are directed to other downtown parking assets, including metered spaces, hourly surface lots and approximately 250 free, mostly non-time-limited spaces in several downtown locations:
• Madison Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street
• Washington Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street
• Lincoln Street from 3rd Street to East Smith
• Grant Street from 2nd Street to East Smith
• Rogers Street from 5th Street to 11th Street (limit of two hours)
• The city employee parking lot at City Hall (after 5 p.m.)
• Additional hourly spaces are available in the surface lot at Dunn and East Fourth Streets as well as Washington and East Fourth Streets
Drivers looking for a place to park in downtown Bloomington have about 250 fewer options now that the Fourth Street parking garage is closed for repairs.
Last fall, engineers reviewing the condition of the parking structure found that insufficient maintenance over three decades has led to crumbling concrete and structural decay. Plans to demolish the garage and replace it with a larger facility dissolved in December when city council members decided to repair rather than replace the existing structure.
The city closed the garage Wednesday. In the meantime, 252 permit holders have been told to park in the city’s other garages or in the Monroe Convention Center parking lot.
Repairs could take four to six months, but won’t get under way until the city hires a contractor and the weather warms up. That means the garage’s 352 spaces will likely be unavailable until the fall.
“The first thing people will see — or not see — is an engineering team walking around and making assessments. You won’t see a bunch of people out there hammering or pouring concrete and things like that,” Bloomington Deputy Mayor Mick Reneissen said. “Just because you don’t see any work going on, don’t think there’s not work going on.”