State College’s oldest — and second largest — downtown parking lot will be temporarily closed for about a week to make necessary repairs, according to the borough.
The 50-year-old Pugh Street parking garage will remain closed from 10 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. June 27. Per Borough spokesperson Kayla Lafferty, repairs at Pugh and upcoming repairs at other garages include fixing concrete chips and cracks, weather stripping, stair tread repairs rolling, repointing of brick areas, installation of new roof drains, traffic coatings and painting.
During the closure, Pugh permit holders and other drivers are asked to use the Fraser Street and Beaver Street parking garages instead, as the second and third levels of the McAllister Street parking deck will be reserved for McAllister license holders only. (McAllister’s ground floor will remain open to the public, however.)
According to Lafferty, maintenance costs this year for the four garages are expected to be around $1.46 million. The Fraser Street parking garage will be closed July 23-26 for traffic congestion, and the McAllister Street parking bridge will be subject to partial closures for short periods as needed, but will not require full closure .
Repairs were expected. A consultant advised the borough last year that the parking lots will require approximately $7.3 million in maintenance from 2021 to 2029, and officials then said the Pugh Street parking lot would last no more than “7 to 10 years”.
A new garage could possibly see the light of day. The Borough’s 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Plan, which essentially acts as a roadmap for future costs and projects, currently provides $35 million for “new parking structures,” including $26 million in 2026.
For now, however, local residents and visitors will have to undergo necessary repairs in Pugh, which has 491 parking spaces. Those with further questions are asked to contact the State College Parking Department at 814-278-4769.