Brockton: Aging downtown parking garage gets a makeover

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A parking garage in downtown Brockton is in the midst of a major makeover. Built in 1981, the James J Adams parking garage on the corner of Main and Crescent Streets is undergoing nearly $1.4 million dollars in construction work. Parking Authority Executive Director Robert Malley says a number of things will be done while the garage is being renovated.

“We’re in the process of doing a total reconstruction of the garage,” Malley said. “It includes concrete work, plumbing, joints and some welding that needs to be done.”

The contractor hired to do the job is Chapman Waterproofing, of Boston. He says the work will also concentrate on the garage’s aging stairwells

“Anybody who has walked by, I’m sure has noticed that the two stairwells have been closed for better than a year,” said Malley. “That’s because the concrete was split and we were afraid it was going to fall.”

Malley says the funding is coming from an advance on CDBG funding which is federal money ans also making the renovations possible.

“Under Section 108, you’re allowed to borrow up to five years, which we’re not borrowing anywhere near that,” said Malley. “We borrowed $1.6 million to get the job done.”

He says the money would be paid back through the parking receipts. The garage will remain open during repairs, which are expected to be completed by mid-October.

About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter and correspondent, and Host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on WATD.