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Boston to close Winthrop Square garage

City officials are closing the Winthrop Square garage in downtown Boston indefinitely, citing structural problems. The 550-space city-owned garage will close Friday night because of deterioration and excessive moisture found during recent repairs. Boston officials said the garage will remain closed pending a more detailed structural analysis. No cars will be allowed in the garage after 3 p.m. on Friday.

In 2006, entrepreneur Steve Belkin devised plans for 85-story skyscraper on the garage site, but the project stalled during the recession.

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City officials are referring commuters and other visitors to surrounding parking facilities. Those include the Garage at Post Office Square, the 101 Arch Street Garage, and the garage at 2 Kingston Street.

Casey Ross can be reached at cross@globe.com.
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