Civic Centre Parkade Indefinitely Closed
Kives, Bartley, Winnipeg Free Press
Structural problems for Princess Street building
The Winnipeg Parking Authority has announced the sudden and immediate closure of the Civic Centre Parkade after engineers declared the Princess Street facility suffers from structural-integrity issues.
Winnipeg's chief administrative officer and parking-authority managers made the decision Friday after reviewing a report by Croiser Kilgour & Partners Ltd.
"Out of an abundance of caution and public safety, we decided to close it immediately," Randy Topolniski, the chief operating officer for the Winnipeg Parking Authority, said Friday night.
Topolniski said there was no danger of the structure "pancaking," with a section of floor collapsing onto another floor, but they had to close it.
"It is a building built in 1966 and there is a life expectancy for concrete and the structure. It has done its duty."
Topolniski said the closure effects 220 monthly parkers and another 134 Winnipeg police and city fleet vehicles as well as another 100-plus casual parkers.
Earlier this year, the parking authority asked the city to approve $606,000 in funding to conduct "critical short-term maintenance" on the parkade. Millions of dollars worth of long-term renovations had been placed on hold until the city decided to repair or replace the building. …