Demolition Starts at Essex Street Municipal Parking Garage Ahead of $4M Makeover

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 at 5:19 am by
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With news of SPURA and Essex Crossing on the brain of late, it’s worth revisiting the municipal parking garage straddling Ludlow and Essex Streets. After all, a 1970s style facility doesn’t really fit in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, so it too must react in kind.

Even though the scaffolding and netting was installed months ago, proper renovations only recently began. A number of readers informed us that the onsite jackhammering is already quite unbearable, with the ear-shattering buzz beginning at the ass-crack of dawn (i.e. 7am). We took a tour of the construction site, still a functional car-park, to gain a view of progress.

Lots of rubble and open space to fall out…

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[Photo: Michielli + Wyetzner]As reported one year ago, the Department of Transportation decided to reimagine the entire complex. Michielli + Wyetzner Architects is behind the $4 million job, having drawn up renderings for the job three 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.” 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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