Fire Prevention wishes to provide Operations with the following info regarding the Below-Grade Parking Structure located on the East side of the Warwick Hotel at 1776 Grant St.
Recently, Engine’s 1 and 8 each referred the Below-Grade Parking Structure to Fire Prevention. The Companies had a couple of concerns (structural shoring on each level of the garage and large amounts of combustible storage). As a result Fire Prevention visited the site and investigated the structure’s history with the City.
When visiting the site we found a “Below-Grade”, two-level, concrete parking structure which looks like a typical ground level parking lot from the street. The following concerns were noted at the time of our visit:
- Structural Shoring exists throughout both (2) Below-Grade levels of parking.
- A large amount of hotel materials are being stored throughout each of the Below-Grade parking levels. This storage consists of old furniture, fixtures, mattresses, etc. The storage has been placed between and within the structural shoring.
- The “at-grade” parking area which sits directly above the “shored” parking structure is being actively used to park vehicles.
- The alley way which sits between the Warwick Hotel and the Below-Grade Parking structure is used daily by large commercial delivery trucks. The concern is this alley-way may sit above the mentioned structural shoring.
Access to the lower levels of the parking garage can be gained three ways; 1) via a ramp leading downward to a metal rollup door; 2) thru an interior stairway located inside a small Guard Shack, which is located on the middle of the ground level parking area; or 3) thru the interior basement of the Warwick Hotel itself. The quickest route for operational access to the lower levels of the parking structure would be (#2) thru the Guard Shack stairway (Of course the IC would make that decision depending upon incident conditions).
It was learned that the Building Department has been involved with Hotel Management in the past over this issue. It is not yet known if Hotel Management is currently in compliance with the Building Department’s requirements for this structure. Fire Prevention is in the process of gathering additional information from the Building Department regarding this structure and will pass that information on to Ops when it is received.
I hope this information is helpful. Stay safe.