I admit that I have a personal bias that favors spring over winter but the finger pointing that I’m intending with this blog is aimed squarely at Mother Nature and is strictly for work purposes.
My exasperation is not the typical city concerns for plowing and salting city streets — this is a cry for help on behalf of the PARTA parking deck which weather permitting was planned to open this week, but that opening date literally went south with the warmer temperatures leaving us stranded up here in the great white north with a parking deck in need of a stretch of 40 to 45 degree days to seal the concrete and paint the parking spaces.
There’s still plenty of collateral work that will continue on the building over the months that follow, particularly for the retail stores being built along Erie Street, but until we get the right temperature the parking spaces are stuck in neutral. PARTA’s leadership is appropriately stressed over the late cold temps but there’s not a lot of options for them other than to sit and wait with the rest of us.
PARTA looked at trying to heat the building from the inside but being a parking deck with each floor open to the elements that’s just not a realistic option. Two cheers for trying to get creative.
The PARTA folks did a little meteorological homework and they said that over the last 5 years temperatures for this late March were well above the necessary 40-45 degrees. Remember those 75 degree days last March? So much for global warming when we really need it. Forgive me the indiscretion of wishing for global warming, I don’t really mean it, it’s just the stress of the situation.
In the meantime functions that were planned for April in the downtown that were relying on the opening of the deck are now scrambling for plan B. There’s still plenty of parking downtown but it’s spread around and invitations for events at Laziza — including our own Mayor’s luncheon planned for April 11th with Mayors and State representatives from all over northeast Ohio coming to see for themselves what all the Kent buzz has been about — that included directions to park in the PARTA deck are now having to hold their breath (that would be me) for some sunny days to arrive ASAP.
The logical part of my brain recognizes that warmer weather will be here any day but at this point that part of my brain is being ambushed by the emotional centers of that same brain that are screaming for some cooperation around here. Hopefully Mother Nature is listening.