St. Joseph Hospital officials Wednesday announced that the first of three phases of a parking garage renovation has begun.
The garage will remain open for the duration of the multi-year project, but the total number of spaces will be reduced temporarily during each phase of construction. The phases of work on the four-level garage will address its north, middle and south sections, respectively.
Phase one requires closing the north side of the garage including the doors and the elevators from the garage to the attached medical office building. Patients and visitors who use the garage and find walking a challenge are strongly encouraged to use the free valet parking at the hospital's main entrance off Broadway. Valet parking is offered 5 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Able patients and visitors who want to use the garage and access the elevators inside the medical office building will need to exit the garage at ground level and enter the attached facility through its main doors along Broadway. The second floor walkway from the medical office building to the hospital will remain open throughout construction. Public access from the garage to the attached medical office building is expected to resume late this fall. If patients or visitors choose not to use valet parking and they are unable to use the stairs, then they should park on the first floor of the garage.
Phase two of the project will focus on updating the garage's south section. It will temporarily require drivers to exit and enter the structure through the same access point off Broadway.
Phase three will update the center section of the parking garage, mainly the cross ramps.