The Lowline is Panhandling to Fund a ‘Lowline Lab’ that Exhibits the Underground Park
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The Lowline prototype on Essex St., September 2012
The Lowline is pedaling forward, and continues to panhandle for funds to make the $55 million upscale subterranean project a reality. Right now all focus is on development of what is being called the “Lowline Lab.” It will be a year-round nucleus serving as a research hub and exhibition spot.
The Lowline Lab will allow us to both refine and display our “remote skylight” solar technology and landscaping– with a live tech demo and real plants in an abandoned building just blocks away from the future Lowline site. Slated to open in May 2015, the Lab will also feature a series of free workshops, community events and cultural activities in this magical multi-season indoor “park.”
And while there’s a legitimate scientific aspect to it, we can’t help but opine that the Lab is also a tactical marketing maneuver in which to gain a firm chokehold on the neighborhood. It’s running in tandem with the Essex Crossing mega-development (nee SPURA), after all. Only time will tell, but just remember what happened to the community after the High Line opened…
Lab completion is expected to be May 2015. More info on the crowdfunding can be found here.