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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.

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

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