Essex Street Municipal Parking Garage to Receive Makover

Posted on: March 20th, 2013 at 6:18 am by
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At the time of its construction, the land was virtually worthless. Now, forty years later, the Municipal Parking Garage at Essex and Delancey is on some prime real estate. Right in Hell Square. So the city wants to give the structure a 21st Century makeover that matches the new Lower East Side. And it looks like it’ll happen fairly soon.

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[Photo: Michielli + Wyetzner]The Department of Transportation tapped Michielli + Wyetzner Architects to re-imagine the appearance of this neighborhood stalwart. In doing so, the resultant plans, which boast a cable-crossed facade and 17-foot-tall DOT super graphic, placed first in the 2011 NYC Design Commission Awards. Renovation of the five-story concrete car park will carry a purported price tag of $4 million. Arch Daily first uncovered these renderings two years ago, but now Curbed has it that work should begin sometime in April and last between 16 and 18 months.

“They [the DOT] realized the neighborhood is changing, and they realized the dense precast concrete existing facade was almost scale-less. When you look it from the oblique angles, it’s almost impenetrable,” said Frank Michielli, a principal on the project. Our design “is very light, [letting] as much daylight deep into the garage as possible. For the first time, we didn’t have to worry about water infiltration or keeping the elements out.”

Oh, and we can certainly vouch for the Yelper who noted the constant smell of piss. That’s totally true. Plus, the elevator is rarely operational.

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