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Some people who park in downtown Frederick will have to alter their routines as one of the city’s garages will be closed for repairs.

The Church Street parking garage will close at 6 a.m. Monday so workers can make repairs to the facility, but the city hopes to have the garage reopened by mid-October.

Crews will repair joints in the building, as well as replace or repair major parts of some of the floors, said Steve Johnson of the city’s parking department.

The first two levels of the garage are expected to be reopened after 5 p.m. by late July or early August for hourly users in the evenings and on weekends, once engineers examine it and make sure the building is safe, said Josh Russin, executive assistant to Mayor Randy McClement.

Hopefully, allowing part of the structure to reopen will help mitigate the effect the renovation project will have on downtown businesses and tourism, he said.

Ultimately, the project had to be done.

“Infrastructure ages and we’re required to maintain it,” Russin said.

The $700,000 project is expected to extend the life of the garage by seven years, he said.

The 393-space garage opened in 1975. This is the first major repair in 11 years, although the garages always are monitored and minor repairs are made as needed, Johnson said.

Russin said the city has been sending letters and making telephone calls to customers who have monthly contracts with the garage to let them know they’ll have to use other facilities. Their cards to get into the garage will work in the city’s other garages, he said.

The city has four other parking garages: 2 S. Court St., 44 E. Patrick St., 138 W. Patrick St. and 125 E. All Saints St., as well as two parking lots in the 300 block of North Market Street, next to Olde Towne Tavern and in front of the former Carmack Jay Building. Street parking also is available throughout downtown.

rmarshall@gazette.net