Saturday, April 16, 2005

Washington goes down with a parking authority choke hold NewsFlash - Pennsylvania business news in brief WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — City officials voted to sell a downtown parking garage that is in need of about $2 million worth of repairs.

The garage has lost money because two businesses who leased a lot of spaces in the garage have left the city and there is no money to fix it, officials said. Of the 480 parking spaces in the building, only about 130 are now leased.

'It's really been an albatross,' said Mayor Kenneth J. Westcott.

To save money, the city two years ago dissolved the Washington Parking Authority and took over operation of the garage. Plans are currently under way for a new parking garage.

Officials expect to establish a new parking authority to oversee the new garage.

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, we created a new parking garage and T-shot for PNC Firstside....

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