City breaks ground on new City Hall parking structure

03/19/2014 1:17 pm0 commentsViews: 35

 

Photo by Gary McCarthy Members of the West Hollywood City Council conduct ground-breaking ceremonies Monday afternoon for the city’s new automated garage and Community Plaza project adjacent to City Hall.

Photo by Gary McCarthy
Members of the West Hollywood City Council conduct ground-breaking ceremonies Monday afternoon for the city’s new automated garage and Community Plaza project adjacent to City Hall.

Independent Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city held a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for its automated garage and Community Plaza project at City Hall.

The garage and plaza will be built on the site that formerly provided surface parking at City Hall. Construction is anticipated to continue through at least the middle of 2015.

During the construction, City Hall visitor parking will be located at the Kings Road Municipal Parking Structure, two blocks west of City Hall at 8383 Santa Monica Blvd. Parking validation for City Hall visitors will be available at the City Hall lobby reception desk.

In addition, for people who need assistance, there will be a free wheelchair-accessible shuttle called City Hall Link, which will run weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. between the Kings Road structure and City Hall.

The city is excited to embrace automated parking as a solution to the challenge of creating sufficient parking to meet the needs of residents and employees, a city spokesperson said. The development and includes a 200-space parking garage that will match the height of the city’s existing three-story City Hall building and a 25-foot wide community plaza between the two buildings.

The structure will contain four entry bays and will feature a large glass window facing east toward Sweetzer Avenue where people can watch as mechanical shuttles carry vehicles in and out of bays.

The design includes roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels, the use of a sustainable material made from recycled grocery bags and drought-tolerant landscaping.

There will also be a fixed art installation by public artist Ned Kahn, whose concept consists of a grid of large glass marbles that will reflect the moving parts inside the garage.

The automated garage is designed by LPA Inc., a sustainable design architecture firm, which has completed numerous award-winning public and private buildings throughout Southern California. The mechanical system that stores and retrieves vehicles is designed by Unitronics, an international leader in automated parking systems.

The structure will be built by T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc., a San Diego-based contractor that has built numerous parking structures, and private and municipal buildings around Southern California.

The project is a component of the city’s 25th anniversary capital project, established in 2009 to celebrate 25 years of cityhood.

 

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