Iconic downtown Spokane parking structure lacks spots for driver - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Iconic downtown Spokane parking structure lacks spots for drivers with disabilities

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A popular downtown Spokane icon has one woman very upset. She says the Parkade doesn't have a single spot for driver's with disabilities. She wasn't getting satisfying answers herself, so she said "Help Me Hayley."

"My condition was first diagnosed in 2000," Anita Jamison said. "I've tried several different therapies."

You'd never guess what a struggle each and every day really is for Anita.

"If you only knew my story, you'd know why I walk the way I walk and hug the building," she said.  

Her Multiple Sclerosis makes each step a challenge.

"I feel like I'm an 85-year-old person in a younger body," she said.

And the winter makes it terrifying.

"With my muscle stiffness, cold weather is not my friend," she said.

And neither has the iconic downtown Spokane parking structure, the Parkade. Built in 1967, the multi-level garage won awards for its design when it first opened. But the Parkade is still missing one thing.  There's not one single handicapped parking spot.               

"When we started investigating whether they could put one in, we were told they felt they didn't have to do that," Anita said.

Anita said local staff referred her to a national management company. She claims the rep she talked to was adamant change was not on the agenda

"It makes me feel a little invisible, because he doesn't want to help," she said of her conversation.

So she called our Hayley Guenthner, hoping she would. Hayley immediately started digging. She wrote multiple emails and made more than a dozen calls. Hayley was bounced from person to person, until she tracked down the local manager of the facility, Heiber Properties. Hayley learned this isn't the first time someone has complained.

Heiber Properties sent KHQ a letter the Parkade's attorney's shot off to a complainant back on March 22, 1995. In part, the letter reads "architects found two fundamental problems in the Parkade's structure which foreclose accessible parking for the disabled."

The letter states those issues are the lack of clearance and the slope. It goes on to say, "the Parkade is unwilling to designate disabled parking within the Parkade which do not meet federal safety guidelines and which may represent to disabled individuals that the parking area is safe for the disabled, when in fact, it may not be."

Staff also said in an email to Hayley that "they have 6 handicapped stalls,(one van) in the parking lot to the north of the Parkade, the Bennett block has an elevator that may be accessed to the skywalk when the weather is bad." But Hayley also learned there was no signage outside the Parkade letting drivers with disabilities know where they can go.

Hayley put in a request to change that, and Heiber Properties agreed. A new either by 10 sign will be placed at the front of the facility with directions in the coming days. Anita is grateful to see at least some improvement.

"You really take the challenge all the way, you champion it, for the people," Anita said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Driver lands on I-90 barrier after overcorrecting

    Driver lands on I-90 barrier after overcorrecting

    Saturday, June 24 2017 2:07 AM EDT2017-06-24 06:07:22 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters say a car was driving too fast on I-90 near the state line Friday afternoon, and couldn't slow down in time to deal with traffic. The driver overcorrected and landed on the barrier. The driver suffered minor injuries. The crash caused a backup for several hours near Starr Rd. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters say a car was driving too fast on I-90 near the state line Friday afternoon, and couldn't slow down in time to deal with traffic. The driver overcorrected and landed on the barrier. The driver suffered minor injuries. The crash caused a backup for several hours near Starr Rd. 

    >>
  • Homeless single father tries to turn luck around for 4-year-old daughter

    Homeless single father tries to turn luck around for 4-year-old daughter

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:09:10 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. George Simpkins packed his bags and moved from Ohio to Spokane to start a new job. But when he got to the Lilac City, his string of bad luck started.  “That never happened,” said Simpkins. “I’ve had temporary jobs off and on.” It’s been several years since Simpkins moved to Spokane, and the now 48-year-old hasn’t been able to keep a job, but it’s not due to lack of effort. “I’ve lost a couple of jobs because

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. George Simpkins packed his bags and moved from Ohio to Spokane to start a new job. But when he got to the Lilac City, his string of bad luck started.  “That never happened,” said Simpkins. “I’ve had temporary jobs off and on.” It’s been several years since Simpkins moved to Spokane, and the now 48-year-old hasn’t been able to keep a job, but it’s not due to lack of effort. “I’ve lost a couple of jobs because

    >>
  • At Glastonbury, Depp asks about assassinating the president

    Friday, June 23 2017 1:31 PM EDT2017-06-23 17:31:01 GMT

    LOS ANGELES - Johnny Depp has asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. The remarks came during a segment Thursday in which Depp was speaking about President Donald Trump. He asked the question at the annual festival that celebrates the performing arts.

    >>

    LOS ANGELES - Johnny Depp has asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. The remarks came during a segment Thursday in which Depp was speaking about President Donald Trump. He asked the question at the annual festival that celebrates the performing arts.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Professor says N. Korea detainee got what he 'deserved'

    Professor says N. Korea detainee got what he 'deserved'

    Saturday, June 24 2017 2:51 PM EDT2017-06-24 18:51:52 GMT

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is distancing itself from comments made by an adjunct professor after she said a college student who died after being held by North Korea "got exactly what he deserved."

    >>

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is distancing itself from comments made by an adjunct professor after she said a college student who died after being held by North Korea "got exactly what he deserved."

    >>
  • Professor to student mom: Just bring your baby to class

    Professor to student mom: Just bring your baby to class

    Saturday, June 24 2017 2:31 PM EDT2017-06-24 18:31:04 GMT

    A professor in Tennessee has a solution for a student who missed class after she couldn't find someone to babysit her 3-year-old girl: Just bring the child to class.      The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Professor Sally Hunter at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville emailed Morgan King that she would be "absolutely delighted" to hold King's daughter, Korbin, while teaching class.

    >>

    A professor in Tennessee has a solution for a student who missed class after she couldn't find someone to babysit her 3-year-old girl: Just bring the child to class.      The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Professor Sally Hunter at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville emailed Morgan King that she would be "absolutely delighted" to hold King's daughter, Korbin, while teaching class.

    >>
  • CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker 'worship'

    CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker 'worship'

    Saturday, June 24 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-06-24 18:07:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA director says he thinks the disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise - partly due to what he calls the "worship" of leakers such as Edward Snowden.      That's what Mike Pompeo says in a TV interview as he expresses his belief that there seems to be an increase in the theft of U.S. secrets "'for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or money or for whatever their motivation may be." 

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA director says he thinks the disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise - partly due to what he calls the "worship" of leakers such as Edward Snowden.      That's what Mike Pompeo says in a TV interview as he expresses his belief that there seems to be an increase in the theft of U.S. secrets "'for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or money or for whatever their motivation may be." 

    >>