Trumbull mall’s parking deck closed pending assessment, repairs

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TRUMBULL — The Target in the Westfield Trumbull Mall is a regular stop for Tara Figueroa. The town resident said she goes there a few times a week, and, in that time, she never noticed any problems with the parking garage near the department store.

So when she pulled up to the store around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and saw blockades and a line of cars trying to get into the store’s lot, she “didn’t know what the heck was going on,” she said.

What she, and other town residents, later learned was that a piece of concrete fell through to the lower level of a parking garage, creating a hole in the upper deck of the garage. A mall security officer said Sunday night that roughly 50 cars were parked in the affected area and the cars’ owners were asked to move.

On Monday, Westfield Trumbull’s management issued a statement confirming that there “were no injuries or vehicles affected after a large pothole opened in a drive aisle of Westfield Trumbull’s Red parking deck on Sunday.”

The statement said the deck would be closed until a structural engineer can make his assessment and “the appropriate repairs can be made.”

Rina Bakalar, Trumbull’s community and economic development director, said there likely wouldn’t be a need to compensate for the affected parking spaces while the structure is being reviewed.

“There is plenty of parking on the rest of the property,” she said. “There is no anticipated need for auxiliary parking.”

Figueroa posted on social media Sunday night, warning people about the problem. She said the incident has unnerved her.

“I go to Target several times a week and never would I have expected this,” Figueroa said. “It really makes me concerned now about parking in the mall.”