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City Will Replace Outdated Parking Garage Elevators

New elevators will be installed next year in downtown parking structures 2, 4 and 5.

You've fought downtown traffic, zeroed in on a garage that isn't full and clambered to the top floor to claim one of the last available spaces only to discover the elevator is out of service.

Parking in downtown can sometimes make you reach for Ibuprofen. So, down with the 1960s elevators that move at a snail's pace—if they're even working at all.

The city is gearing up to replace the outdated lifts in parking structures 2, on Second Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue; 4, on Second between Arizona and Santa Monica Boulevard; and 5, on Fourth Street between Santa Monica and Broadway.

These were targeted for replacement because of "age, frequent service outages, high maintenance costs and lack of code compliance," according to the Public Works Department.

On the City Council's agenda Tuesday night is a $191,840 design contract with IDS Group to draw up nine new sustainably-built elevators. The city wants them to be highly durable, resistant to vandalism and easy to maintain in the seaside climate.

Public Works Director Martin Pastucha said he expects construction to begin in 2014.

In the meantime, if you find yourself atop one of the garages without elevator service, do as one of our Facebook friends suggests: just enjoy the ocean view.

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Val Streit February 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I've taken the stairs for years because I knew how old they were and I didn't want to get stuck. Good they are replacing them as not everyone is able to hike all those stairs
Cathie Lamm February 23, 2013 at 05:13 PM
How long a process will the new elevator install be? Ya think they'll do it during off peak, or during the summer onslaught?
Brenda Barnes February 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Almost $200,000 just for design? Only the government would waste money so.
Brenda Barnes February 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM
And watch--if they follow their past pattern, City Manager Rod Gould and Co. will award the contract on some standardless basis to one of the same cronies they awarded them to in the past. The design firm for the Expo buffer park on Stewart had had two prior contracts, each with one of these huge pricetags just for design. Then the worst thing is, as high as the starting price was, overruns the developers' lapdog City Council OK on the consent calendar at every meeting add hundreds of thousands to the charges. Nice work if you can get it. All you have to do is pay hundreds a year to belong to and go to functions of the Chamber of Commerce, with which the City has a development partnership. That group donated most of the $1.2 million spent to reelect incumbents and likeminded others in the City election in November. Then go to backroom meetings with Gould and his friends and "get them to know you," in the words of a developer on the bus trip last July being wooed to develop yet more in SM, with David Martin, Manager of the Planning Department and the Assistant City Manager giving the tour on two buses. Then, he said, they'll do whatever you want. Recall the majority of the City Council still here who did all this including hiring Gould and Martin, who was a gofer in Gould's office and a planner for developers for 10 years and will be again when the revolving door swings out--see www.fogartygroup.com. That's O'Connor, O'Day, Holbrook, and Davis.

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