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Parking situation at ITC Building is problematic

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Located in the heart of Tamuning, the International Trade Center has become a landmark office building housing several government agencies and businesses. However, the parking situation has become a problem not only for employees and the public, but those in need of accessible parking.

Barrigada resident Patricia Roberto paid a visit to the ITC Building today to pick up a police clearance for her son and described a scenario experienced by many, saying to KUAM News, "It's very, very difficult finding a parking anywhere and it takes a long walk from that end to the building itself."

The 211,000-square foot building has been around for more than 30 years housing several businesses. Most recently, the building has received an influx of people due to the addition of the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Administration, and the Guam Police Department's Records & ID Section. And while his department has been in the building longer, Department of Land Management director Michael Borja says the shift in traffic is clearly evident.

"So we do have to take care of our consumers and that's what we're trying to work with," he said. "We have had them come in and they've been pretty upset because it took them a long time to find parking and they end up parking far, far away."

Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities director Benny Servino doesn't work in the building, but he's getting calls too about compliance to the Americans with Disabilities Act. "Our office has received numerous calls from constituents that have complained about not being able to access parking in the garage and also outside there aren't any designated accessible parking spaces," he stated.

ITC management says they have over 800 parking spaces located in the building garage, parking lot and adjacent property. Included are 20 spaces designated for accessible parking, all located in the parking garage. Servino added, "But they still have to correct the accessible parking that exists there because they don't comply with the law, they're next to the sidewalk and you can't really have that because it's very difficult to access if you don't have an access aisle. And also, it's very dangerous because there are cars that may be protruding the area that may get hit."

Servino says there are other issues that need to be addressed such as signage, height requirements, van-accessible stalls, and level parking. He says while both federal and law requires accessible parking, he feels it just makes good business sense. "But a lot of the businesses aren't aware of this requirement," he explained. "So we've developed brochures to let them know what the requirements are to set up parking for people with disabilities."

He adds for accessible parking, the ratio is one for every 25 stalls. He will be providing technical assistance to the ITC Building as they make the appropriate changes.

As for people like Tony Cepeda, who happens to work in the building himself, he understands all the concerns, saying, "It is a problem because most of the parking stalls are reserved for employees of the ITC Building, so they don't have a enough stalls for the customers themselves."

In a release, ITC management says while they have done their best to maximize the parking available to tenants and the public, they regret that some visitors did not know accessible parking was available in the garage. Along with new signage being installed this week to correct the problem, management says "we will continue to work to improve our parking facilities and to insure that all tenants and visitors to the ITC find safe and adequate parking."

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