Police parking garage deemed structurally unsound, top floors closed

- All police personnel who use the Riesner Complex parking garage got an email about a recent structural evaluation of the garage.

The email says it was determined vehicles should avoid parking on the third and fourth levels.

Effective immediately the email states the parking of any police or personal vehicles on the third and fourth floors of the garage is prohibited.

"It's concerning to us on behalf of our members," said Douglas Griffith Vice President of the Houston Police Officers Union. "That entire complex for us is an issue for our members."

The entire HPD Riesner complex is riddled with problems including asbestos and restrooms that don't work.

Harvey contributed to the problems forcing the jail at Reisner to close and flooding the basement at the municipal courts building.

"That entire complex in reality needs to be demolished and rebuilt," Griffith said.

But that costs money and due to belt tightening all the city's capital improvement projects have been put on the back burner.

As for the structurally unsound parking garage officers we talked to say they won't be parking on the first or second floors.

In a statement, HPD says additional maintenance and repair work needs to be done to the garage to ensure its integrity.

HPD points out the garage is not open to the public.

HPD says it will be working with the city's general services division regarding repairs and cost.

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