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Sunday, January 20, 2008

St. Paul parking ramp back in business

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Blogger Bob said...

A parking ramp in downtown St. Paul that was condemned by city officials Friday reopened for use Saturday afternoon, after workers made temporary repairs to the structure.

Five construction workers spent Saturday morning and most of the frigid afternoon shoring up supports at the Lowertown Business Center Annex parking ramp at 255 E. 6th St., between Wacouta and Wall Streets.

The most pressing problem with the ramp is that some of the metal decking has corroded, said Tom Riddering, building official for St. Paul. He spent part of Saturday afternoon inspecting the structure following the repairs.

The workers, from an Oklahoma-based national construction firm called Aduddell Industries Inc., said they were hired by the ramp's Twin Cities-based owner, GMT Inc. Officials from GMT could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Riddering gave the ramp's owner 30 days to make permanent repairs. He said the work done Saturday -- which largely involved installing wood reinforcement beams to support the structure's exit and entrance ramps -- should safely secure the structure temporarily.

Riddering's main concern was that the ramps used by cars moving from one level to another could sag or collapse. Over the years, cars using the ramp likely tracked in road salt, which helped cause the metal and concrete to corrode, he said.

The ramp has nine levels, eight of which can still be used.

The city sent a letter to GMT on Jan 9, revoking the ramp's certificate of occupancy, Riddering said. When the city learned that the ramp was still being used, it condemned the structure.

A second parking ramp downtown, at 345 Jackson St., has also been ordered to make repairs.

Minneapolis' director of traffic and parking services, Jon Wertjes, said Saturday that he is not aware of any dangerous parking decks in the city. The bulk of the city's parking decks are downtown, and most are privately owned. Wertjes said the ramps must be inspected annually.

Janet Moore • 612-673-7752

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it safe to enter that parking ramp?
The city condemned
Nancy O's. home for her temporary post that was shoring up her floor, then they just bulldozed it down after the city code compliance officer helped himself to the things in her garage.
Witch all should have been put in storage in her behave.
Nancy O. must not known the right people, or she just never had enough money to fight city hall.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Very good post.

Double standard I should say.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy O's problem was not that she didn't know the right people, her problem was that hse dared to say no to something the government tried to force her to do. For that she paid the ultimate price and had a date with the Magner bulldozer. God news huh Lee?

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A date with the bulldozer would be better then a date with Magner!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


No, the problem Nancy had was that she had sold the house on a contract for deed and didn't file the contract.

She didn't own the house!!!!! She didn't show anywhere as the owner!


I don't know about this particular ramp, but this is an ongoing problem with ramps particularly ones with no drainage system.


Chuck Repke

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The things in the garage at
Nancy O's or who ever it belonged to, should have been put in storage until it was claimed or sold at a action.
Not' taken by some city works!
You have always stuck up for the cities misdeeds, why is that?

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look if anything was taken out of the garage and kept by any city worker, instead of disposed of I hope there were charges brought.

I don't know that anything happened one way or another. but, I do know that isn't a conspiracy....


Chuck Repke

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, me thinks you are brain dead and only see what you want to. I have never seen anyone come up with such convoluted spins on the facts.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If 'con' is the opposite of 'pro',

is Congress the opposite of progress?

8:51 PM  

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