By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer
Sharon’s downtown parking garage will be ready for use in a few weeks after a renovation that upgraded the 39-year-old building at Vine Avenue and Pitt Street.
When it opens, the garage will be closed overnight for security reasons, City Manager Scott Andrejchak said.
“Before we do that, we want to hear from the public and from business people who use or might use the garage in the evening,” he said. “We want to get their input on how best to implement security.”
Public meetings will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the city building.
The city hired electrical and construction contractors to do the work for $588,000, with most of the money coming from a state grant earmarked for a downtown pedestrian bridge that didn’t work out.
Andrejchak said council wanted to know from HHSDR Architects/Engineers, Sharon, how much a complete renovation would cost and how much of it the city could afford.
“HHSDR bid the job for all levels and with all the bells and whistles and that would have cost about $1.3 million,” Andrejchak said. “Then we went through and concentrated on public safety first and the most important pieces.”
The budget paid for roof and support beam repairs and replacement of parking decks throughout the five-level garage. However, there was money enough to light only the first two levels, install fencing and security gates and for a backup generator, project architect Vincent Ordinario said.
Andrejchak encouraged those who want to discuss use of the garage to let him know by letter or email: firstname.lastname@example.org