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Downtown Garage Now ADA Compliant, But Vulnerable To Vandals

Until last week, the public parking garage near 7th and Walnut St. in Bloomington was only handicap accessible until 8pm. After 8, the elevators were turned off, a violation of Americans with Disabilities Act policy.

After receiving several inquiries from WFIU, the city began operating the parking garage elevator 24 hours, and the building is now handicap accessible any time of the day.

However, now that the elevator is open around the clock, Bloomington Public Works Director Susie Johnson say they are left with a new problem. Vandals have already struck the garage, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

“Since the elevator has been back on,” she said, “it’s been vandalized. It was disabled over the weekend, so no one got to use the elevator this weekend.”

The city is working on a solution to the vandalism. There is a security team in the garage after hours to ensure motorists get to their cars safely, but for now, the elevator remains unattended throughout the night.

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