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The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce in a strongly-worded letter urged the city to undertake an extensive renovation of the Pearl-Elm Municipal Parking Garage in downtown, saying employees can't rely on basic services like elevators to work. City officials said the project, estimated to cost around $16 million, is in the pre-qualification stage and will be done in phases.
As downtown activity grows, should Worcester prioritize fixing its municipally owned parking garages?
Comments

01/17/18 AT 02:12 PM
The garage is a hazard!!!

01/17/18 AT 02:12 PM
As someone who uses this garage daily, I can confirm it's current state is a bit bleak. I witness individuals with physical disabilities struggle to scale the several flights of stairs due to the faulty elevators on a daily basis. Also, the lack of elevator availability makes using the garage at night a safety issue, as anyone could be lurking in the stairwells and many people use this garage at/after 8PM when no security is present.

01/17/18 AT 12:51 PM
This garage has been taking in revenue for a very long time without expenses on upkeep during this time frame. This money taken in should have been being used for this garage, where has all this money gone? Why would frequent business users need to pay for these decade overdue costs. I parked my new car in this garage the first day I got it and a chunk of concrete fell onto my brand new car's roof. The city of Worcester should be ashamed of the condition this parking garage is in and has been in for well over a decade! Once again where has all this garage revenue gone over the past 10 plus years while the garage has been falling apart on a daily basis for this long???

01/17/18 AT 12:51 PM
The garage is dangerous

01/17/18 AT 12:51 PM
The garage does not have enough lighting and the elevators have been down a few times within the last two weeks (this may be due to cold but this is a detriment to people who need handicap access). This should be something the city repairs not the businesses in the area as they also have to use and pay for parking within the garage as there is not enough street parking.

01/17/18 AT 12:51 PM
Despite the atrocious condition of the garage the monthly rate for businesses has increased! As elevators fail and the infrastructure crumbles we are given no discount. It is at least as important to retain the 'bird in your hand' as it is to attract the birds in the bush.

01/17/18 AT 12:51 PM
The Pearl-Elm garage is a disgrace.

01/17/18 AT 12:51 PM
As somebody who frequently uses the municipal garages, I feel unsafe parking on higher levels of the dimly lit/unlit garages. The disheveled look and overall eerie feel of the garages deter clients

01/17/18 AT 12:51 PM
The garage is a hazard to the people who park there. The elevators are constantly broken down and the stairwells are so filthy you don't want to use the handrails. The entire building leaks from the 8th floor right on down to the bottom level. One evening after work I got to the garage to find a large, jagged piece of cement, weighing approximately 10 pounds, had fallen on the roof of my car. If that had hit someone it is very likely they would have suffered serious injury.

01/17/18 AT 12:51 PM
The Pearl Elm garage is conveniently located, however, it is totally in disrepair. There are major safety concerns, not only with the building and elevators, but more importantly, the lack of security at the garage. I personally fear for my safety every day entering and exiting the garage. I believe the City needs to make the renovations at the garage a top priority.
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