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Akron Children’s Hospital closes Locust Parking Deck amid structural concerns

March 21, 2018 GMT

Akron Children’s Hospital closes Locust Parking Deck amid structural concerns

AKRON, Ohio – Akron Children’s Hospital has closed its Locust Parking Deck, 300 Locust St., in response to an engineering report that found serious structural concerns with the 46-year-old deck.

The hospital planned to replace the 656-space deck in the next few years, but reports of falling concrete prompted the hospital to request a structural review. The GPD Group conducted the review, and determined that the deck should be closed immediately.

“We regret the inconvenience this causes everyone beginning this morning, whether it is for a doctor’s appointment or a lab/radiology test, as well as our nearly 300 employees who park in the Locust Parking Deck,” said Akron Children’s Hospital President Grace Wakulchik in a news release. “But, we approached this decision just as we would approach a medical issue – we felt the need to act upon this information as quickly as possible to avoid harm.”

The hospital is advising patient families of the hospital and private medical practices in the in the Locust Professional Building to instead park in the Bowery Parking Deck, 199 W. Bowery St. Patient families who park in the Bowery or the Exchange Parking Deck, 156 W. Exchange St., should continue to do so. The hospital has also expanded its valet parking services for patients.

The hospital is working with the city to find alternate parking for employees and volunteers in city decks and lots, with a shuttle service that transports them to and from the hospital.

A map of parking decks can be viewed at www.akronchildrens.org/parking.

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