May 31, 2018 11:04 PM
Downtown Minneapolis will soon be without a popular place to park.
The 501 Ramp on Fourth Avenue South sits across the street from City Hall. But it's getting torn down next month.
On the location it now stands will rise a state-of-the-art public service building to better connect the seven city buildings spread out downtown.
That means downtown will be losing nearly 1,000 parking spaces.
"It's a busy downtown area, you need parking spaces," said Deandre Boyd, who parks downtown.
"I think that's going to be huge because I think there's also an increased concentration of employees in this area," added Jordan Martell, who lives in Plymouth and commutes downtown for work.
Martell often parks in the 501 Ramp. There are signs that say the ramp will be closed due to construction. But he had no idea it meant it would be closed for good.
"It's news to me," Martell said. "I never heard that before."
Just steps from the ramp, of course, is City Hall. And that's a big reason for the the demolition.
"This is a big change for a lot of departments," said Greg Goeke, director of major real estate projects for the City of Minneapolis.
Updated: May 31, 2018 11:04 PM
Created: May 31, 2018 07:44 PM
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