Renovations Begin on Essex Street Municipal Parking Garage

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 at 5:10 am by
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[Photo: Michielli + Wyetzner]Every corner of the Lower East Side is getting glammed. Even the parking garages. Next up, the municipal car-park straddling Ludlow and Essex Streets. Sidewalk bridge was constructed outside the five-story concrete box a few days ago (on both sides), and includes an illustration of what to expect upon completion.

As reported back in March, the Department of Transportation is moving forward with plans to reimagine the entire complex. Michielli + Wyetzner Architects is behind the $4 million job, having drawn up renderings for the job over two years ago (i.e. 2011 winner of the NYC Public Design Commission Design Excellence Award). The makeover will boast a “three dimensional, porous facade composed of 1.25″ diameter cables that are woven as if on a loom.” Each of said cables is composed of standard DOT road barrier materials. Moreover, decorative lighting and “super-graphics” signage (including 17-foot DOT graphic) are also to be baked into the cabled facade.

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Remodeling of this hulking 1970s-style structure was initially pegged to commence last April, and last between 16 and 18 months. We’re now running roughly six months behind schedule, which could be construed as standard.

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