Check out the Second Coming of the Essex Street Parking Garage, Cabled Facade and All [PHOTOS]

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 at 5:10 am by
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Here it is – the second coming of the Essex Street municipal garage. Check it out. Most of the iron and netting was removed last week for the big reveal.

While Essex Crossing gobbles up parking lots for development (only 354 local spaces will remain post-development), let’s turn to one of the few active garages in the neighborhood. The municipal carpark on Essex Street. Conceived and constructed in 1973, this legacy building is approaching the end of its $4 million makeover – courtesy of Michielli + Wyetzner Architects – to match the upscaling of its surroundings.

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And now, after nearly three years behind bars (literally), drilled into submission, we finally have the first sight of the upgraded parking facility. In that time, the textured facade was pried from the structure and, most recently, a new elevator system installed. (Spoiler alert, though; it still smells like piss.) There is also blue pavement earmarked for bicycle parking.

The exterior of this 1970s beast now boasts a “three dimensional, porous facade composed of 1.25″ diameter cables that are woven as if on a loom.” It feels like rope to the touch. Decorative lighting and “super-graphics” signage (including 17-foot DOT graphic) are presumably on the way.

What do you think of the new design? Necessary or waste of resources?

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