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After five months of waiting, Renaissance at Turtle Creek condo residents in Uptown Dallas lined up late Tuesday afternoon to be the first to drive into their newly reopened parking garage.
“I’m very excited about that. It’d be nice to have the garage back. That’s for sure,” says Joy Gulliver, who’s lived here for 14 years.
You can see the new concrete where part of their garage collapsed in late October.
Residents say it happened after crews placed debris on it while renovating the nearby pool.
“We were actually out walking next to the garage when the collapse happened,” Gulliver says.
No one was hurt.
But it was inconvenient as 250 cars were trapped inside for weeks.
In response, the condo rented cars for residents, then found off-site parking and offered a shuttle service around the clock.
Tim Doyle, president of the condo board says, “That was very important for everyone to get some sense of normalcy and to find a way through this incident.”
He says their insurance company is still working to resolve issues that caused the partial collapse and financial issues surrounding it.
Renovations to the pool are continuing Doyle says.
The city granted the condo a temporary certificate of occupancy until May 30.
Doyle says the city wants to test the garage’s lighting under emergency generator power at a later date.
Despite everything, some here say the experience did benefit them in one way.
“People have really come together and gotten to know each other on the shuttles and in the lobbies and it’s created a sense of community for our owners,” says Doyle.
Gulliver says, “They’ve been phenomenal, I don’t know how they could have done any better.”
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