Repairs planned to Nelson parkade

A structural assessment says the city parkade is in good repair but did find some deficiencies.

The Nelson parkade’s capacity will be reduced by 36 spots during upgrades.

The Nelson parkade’s capacity will be reduced by 36 spots during upgrades.

Repairs are coming to the city-owned parkade. It follows a detailed structural assessment recently completed by an engineering firm, ordered after a routine inspection.

According to a news release issued this week, the assessment was intended to “determine the scope of the work required to ensure the safety and longevity of the structure.”

The final report identified some deficiencies in the original design but that overall facility is in good repair. The city is currently working on a detailed project plan to address these deficiencies to ensure the parkade’s long term safety and stability, the news release said.

“The parkade was identified on our list of facilities as needing repair,” facilities maintenance manager Peter Sinstadt said. “The extent of these repairs, including cost and timeline, is yet to be fully determined.”

The assessment said certain parking stalls need to be closed until the repairs are done — 10 on four floors and five on one floor for a total of 45. The occupants of these parking stalls have been informed, and will be moved to other parking stalls in the parkade. However, the number of day-use stalls available for public use will be reduced until the repairs are completed.

Sinstadt said once they have a full understanding of the repairs needed, they will go out to tender on the project.

“We understand that parking is limited downtown,” city manager Kevin Cormack said. “It is important, however, that we maintain and repair our facilities to a high standard. Our staff will work closely with contractors to mitigate the amount of disruption for current parkade users.”

Although owned by the city, the parkade is leased to an operator. The city plans general condition assessments of all its facilities this year.

(CORRECTION: The city previously stated that six stalls on each level would be affected.)