Pittsfield garage demolition could mean parking squeeze

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PITTSFIELD — Parking in the downtown is going to be a bit more challenging come next week.

The city on Tuesday announced work will begin Monday to prepare the demolition of the Columbus Avenue parking garage.

During construction there will be no parking allowed within the garage area or the adjoining alleyway, according to a press release from the office of Mayor Linda Tyer. Alternative parking is available at the Depot Street lot, directly next to the McKay Street Garage.

The upper level of the concrete and steel garage has been closed since 2014, when a survey revealed structural problems.

The garage will be replaced with an open surface parking lot, and the revitalized design will include improved pavement, lighting and aesthetics, and additional parking spaces, the release stated. This project is expected to be completed at the start of June.

For information, call the Public Utilities Department at 413-499-9330.

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