Harrison Avenue parking garage fees set at board meeting

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Harrison Avenue parking garage fees set  at board meeting
MTA Spokesperson Aaron Donovan previously said the Harrison Avenue parking garage is expected to open this November. (Photo courtesy of the MTA)

Mineola trustees approved a resolution at last Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting to set fees at the Harrison Avenue parking garage, a sign that final fixes may soon be done. 

Mayor Scott Strauss said the village was trying to get everything wrapped up at the long-delayed structure in two weeks. 

The new 551-space garage will have monthly cards that are read by a sensor to allow access and hourly parking. 

Two hundred twenty-five cards will be 14-hour “day” permits, available to Mineola residents for $105 a month. Nonresidents can purchase a similar permit for $250 a month, and 75 will be created. 

For 24-hour permits, 50 cards will be created for Mineola residents at $300 a month. Nonresidents will be billed $500 a month, and 20 cards will be issued. 

Hourly parking will be billed for a maximum of 24 hours. Rates begin at $2 for up to two hours and jump to $6 for two to three hours accumulated. 

The maximum daily rate for the garage is $30, which covers 15 hours of parking. 

“The village has been in contact with the state throughout this entire process regarding minor fixes that are currently being worked on,” Strauss said at last Wednesday’s meeting. “We are trying our best to drag this across the finish line in order to get it done in the next two weeks.” 

Strauss previously said that the remaining issues included minor drainage problems in the south side basement and outstanding training for village employees regarding the lighting, ventilation and parking systems. 

The MTA said that the parking garage has been under village ownership since the beginning of December and it is staying involved until the project is completed. Unlike other projects, any maintenance or issues that arise following the state’s exit will have to be handled by the village. 

December’s possible opening comes after years of delays for the structure, partly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In September, Strauss said that the village was expected to get the garage in October, which was then changed to November. 

Last Wednesday’s resolution, along with transferring ownership to the village, become the most tangible sign that the final phase’s completion is on the horizon. 

The parking garage is one of two being built in conjunction with a Long Island Rail Road project that  is adding a third track on the Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville.

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