Downtown Parking Deck Closed for Repairs

Aurora – The Stolp Avenue parking deck in downtown Aurora will have to be closed for four days around the Labor Day weekend to complete necessary maintenance repairs to the structure.

The deck, located at Downer Place and Stolp Avenue, will be closed from 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 through 8 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 4.  After meeting with area businesses, the Aurora Public Library and the Paramount Theatre, City officials chose the holiday weekend to complete the work in order to create the least amount of disruption to the downtown community.

Parking deck permit holders must park in alternative lots during the closure to assure local business owners have ample street parking for their clients.  The following permit holders will be temporarily shifted to different City lots, including:

·        Fox Island Place and North Island Place Apartment tenants will park at the H-lot, which is located on the west side of Middle Avenue between New York Street and Galena Boulevard.  If this lot is full, overflow parking will be in the A, W or Y lots that are all located on River Street north of Piney Street.
·        World Relief will park in the Q-lot on the west side of Water Street and south of Benton Street.
·        Employees of other shops and businesses on Stolp Avenue and Downer Place will have limited parking available to them in the Q-lot.

Deck patrons are being notified about the closure with flyers being handed out by the parking deck attendant as they exit the garage.

The parking deck is being closed for painting and sealing of the deck’s membrane, which acts as the roof for the City’s ground-level office space in the structure.  The painted ceiling will reflect more light and increase visibility by 30 percent.  Damaged stairwell steps also will be replaced.

The deck work is the third phase of a four-year capital improvement plan, which was done in phases to spread out the cost and minimize the disruption. The City made repairs to the fifth floor in 2010, the fourth and a portion of the third floor in 2011 and the remaining levels this year. In 2013, the City plans to replace panels and paint the exterior of the structure.