Friday, December 7, 2007
Parking Lot Adjacent to Stanley Mosk Courthouse Closes Permanently
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Public parking Lot 17, located on the southwest corner of Olive and First streets in downtown Los Angles, which had provided parking to the nearby Stanley Mosk Courthouse, has closed.
The Los Angeles Superior Court said in a release yesterday that the lot closed last Friday, and that court employees and members of the public should park in Lot 11, a commercial location located between Spring St. and Broadway St. behind the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The court also said that jurors are now being accommodated in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking facility, located at 111 S. Grand Ave.
Julio Guzman of Five Star Parking, which operates Lot 11, warned that individuals going to the court might have difficulty parking at the lot because it is already “pretty crowded.” He said that the lot’s limited capacity meant that it likely would not be able to accommodate very many cars beyond its current amount.
Employees of Five Star at Lot 11 agreed, saying that the lot was “always full.” Although they said that traffic entering the lot in the mornings this week had not increased dramatically, they attributed this to the beginning of the holiday season and said that they expected delays and space shortages in the future.
Guzman said that individuals who planned to park in Lot 11 should arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes early in order to account for possible backups. He also suggested that individuals consider parking at the Disney facility, or in Lot 26, located at 120 S. Olive St.
A spokesperson for the court’s Juror Services Division said that juror parking had been shifted last week in anticipation of the closure, but she said that the division was not aware of any problems in juror parking arising from the change.
Lot 17 was closed as a result of an ongoing development plan for the area, a court spokesperson said. She said the closure was permanent, and that the court was unaware of any plans to create additional parking in the vicinity of the courthouse.
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