After arson, Oceanfront parking garage to close for a week for repairs starting Thursday

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The 31st Street parking garage will close for about a week starting Thursday, April 13. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)
The 31st Street parking garage will close for about a week starting Thursday, April 13. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Motorists making their way to the beach or staying at the Hilton Hotel at the Oceanfront this weekend won’t be able to park at the 31st Street parking garage.

The 31st Street parking garage will close for about a week starting Thursday, April 13 as crews repair damages caused by an arson fire last August, according to a City of Virginia Beach city manager update.

Hilton guests can use valet service at the hotel to park their cars, and all other motorists are asked to use on-street parking, or use private and public lots in the area, the update states.

Click here for a full list of alternative areas to park.

Virginia Beach Fire Department spokesperson Art Kohn said a homeless man. Jonathan Kendall Thomas, started the fire Monday, Aug. 22 on the garage’s fourth floor at around 2 a.m.

“It destroyed four ATVs and also caused considerable smoke and fire damage to the parking garage itself,” Kohn said in an interview.

WM Jordan, a local construction company, won the $420,000 bid to do the repair work, which will remove damaged concrete and replace it with new concrete. Additionally, a 300-ton crane will be used to bring materials to workers and bring down damaged parts, according to the update.

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