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The City of Evanston will erect temporary protective scaffolding at the sidewalk level around the Sherman Plaza Parking Garage beginning the week of February 20, 2012, in order to prepare the building to be inspected.

As a precautionary measure, an engineering firm has been hired to inspect the precast concrete panels on the façade to evaluate small areas of concrete spalling which were recently identified during the 2011 deck maintenance program in select locations. The City will also be replacing the lighting on the top of the deck during this time and the top of the deck will remain closed until this is completed later in 2012.

Scaffolding will be erected on Benson Avenue adjacent to the garage north of Davis Street as well as on Davis Street east of Benson Avenue. Access to the alley between the north side of the parking garage and the First Bank & Trust building will be partially closed.

Signs will be displayed on or near the scaffolding to alert the public that businesses in the area are still open for business. The timeline for removing the scaffolding is dependent on the weather, the inspection timeline and the results of the engineering report. For more information, please contact Rickey Voss, Parking/Revenue Manager, Department of Administrative Services, at (847) 448-8292.