FLORIDA – Robotic parking garage ruins commute, Brickell condo residents say
Add this to your list of reasons for being late to work: The $16 million robotic parking garage at your fancy condo tower is moving at a snail’s pace.
Residents of Brickell House — where a one-bedroom apartment rents for $2,450 per month — were told that a cutting-edge robotic system would retrieve their cars from the 46-story tower’s garage in less than 10 minutes. But the robotic valets don’t seem up to the task, at least not during the morning and evening rush.
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.” Read more: