Bel Air Garage Turns Into Studio For Day

November 18, 1990

About 250 people turned out on an unusually warm fall Friday to watch WHRF-AM's "Johnny B." do his morning show atop the Bel Air parking garage -- part of the town's latest effort to get more people to use the garage.

"We wanted to make people feel comfortable with the garage; it is a new concept for this area," said Elizabeth Carven, community development administrator for the town of Bel Air. "We wanted to show them there is security -- there are buttons on every floor connected directly to the police department if you need help. And a lot of people still don't know it's for public use."

This is the third promotion town officials have sponsored to encourage more people to use the garage, which opened this summer.

Town officials, who had expected 800 cars a day to use the $7 million facility, have been disappointed that only about 600 to 700 cars a day have been parking there. The garage has 1,038 spaces.

Of those spaces, about 700 on upper floors are reserved for use by Harford County employees, and about 560 of those spaces are used daily.

About 124 spaces are set aside for hourly parking, and the remaining spaces are available for lease on a monthly basis.

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