Saturday, November 28, 2015

Mr. Roboto, parking attendant, fired at Miami Beach's BrickellHouse

What could possibly go wrong?

Road to Robotic Parking Is Littered With Faulty Projects.  (The New York Times, 11/27/2015)
At a luxury residential high-rise in downtown Miami, a $16 million robotic garage plagued with delays finally closed, leaving tenants paying $28 a day to park elsewhere. The police were called to keep order at the building, BrickellHouse.

Closer to the (unacceptable) action

Robotic parking garage ruins commute, Brickell condo residents say. (Miami Herald, 5/15/2015)
During off-peak hours, the garage works fine, residents say. But when it’s time to go to work, impatient commuters complain of waits up to 30 minutes. Apologetic garage attendants offer free Starbucks to ease jangled nerves.  
 “I’ve already been late to several, important board meetings at work,” said Beatriz Guerrero, a marketing executive who moved into the tower at 1300 Brickell Bay Drive two months ago. “I’m worried about losing my job.” 
Guerrero said she asked her landlord for a discount in her monthly rent. No dice, the landlord said. 
The 374-unit building opened in November, and delays have gotten worse as more tenants move in. 

Residents furious as robotic parking garage at Brickell condo shuts down.  (Miami Herald, 11/5/2015)
The garage’s operator, New Jersey-based Boomerang, voluntarily declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August.  
Boomerang said in court papers that one of its lenders, a company called Parking Source that is controlled by Hernandez, had stopped funding its operations. Boomerang is seeking at least $25 million in damages against Parking Source, and alleges that the company is trying to steal its employees and ruin its business. 
The messy financial relationship between Hernandez and Boomerang has left Brickell House residents in the lurch. 

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