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Vehicles still stuck in downtown Baltimore parking garage after partial collapse

Baltimore City Fire Department personnel are on the scene of a partial parking garage collapse at 1 E Pratt St. on July 15, 2022.

Vehicles remain stuck inside a downtown Baltimore parking garage months after the second-floor ramp partially collapsed and blocked the entrance with concrete debris.

“The steps to stabilize the deck are now complete,” a spokeswoman for Banyan Street Capital, a Miami-based real estate company that owns the 45-year-old garage, said in an email.

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The parking garage at 1 E Pratt St. partially collapsed at the entrance of the garage in late July. There were no injuries, damaged cars or cars trapped underneath the rubble at the entrance.

Most of the building was stable but there were 50 vehicles stuck in the garage days after the collapse. The owners are now waiting for permits to remove the vehicles from the top level, the spokeswoman said.

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“Plans are in motion to allow for vehicle removal from levels 1 and 2 and will hopefully be carried out early October,” she said. The cause of the collapse has not been shared.

The garage is managed by SP Plus Corp., a Chicago-based parking facility management company, which on Thursday directed questions to Banyan Street Capital.

Baltimore City structural engineers oversaw the temporary shoring up of the three-story garage immediately after the collapse. The fire department last inspected the garage in July 2017 and determined it met the city’s fire code. It was built in 1977.

Jason Hessler, the Department of Housing and Community Development’s deputy commissioner for permits and litigation, had said motorists weren’t allowed to drive their vehicles out of the building.

Drivers with cars in the garage will need to wait for updates from Standard Parking Plus on when they can retrieve their vehicles.


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