As part of its expansion plans, the hulking Mercedes-Benz dealership on South Brand Boulevard will soon start building a bridge over East Maple Street to connect its new service center to a four-story parking garage currently under construction.
The bridge was approved by City Council members in late 2008 as part of larger expansion plans, but they gave the final OK on Tuesday, including granting permission to build in the space over the street.
The bridge is designed to let dealership employees move customer and service vehicles between the two buildings at the third-story level “without disrupting normal vehicle and neighborhood activity on East Maple Street,” according to a city report.
In the past, residents living near the many auto dealerships that line Brand Boulevard have complained that dealership workers park in the neighborhood, leading to a shortage of on-street parking.
Annette Vartanian, economic development analyst for the city, said the new parking structure will have designated areas for employees as well as parking for customers and the dealership's vehicle inventory.