BY JON CRONIN
After the parking garage behind Queens Borough Hall was demolished last summer, the project for a new parking lot was initially delayed and has now been put on the fast track.
Kenichi Wilson, chair of the Community Board 9 Transportation Committee, said the project went to bid on March 27 and will be closed in 30 days from that date. He added that the project is anticipated to break ground later this summer with an end date in summer of 2017.
Some updates to the new 302 space parking lot is four spots for electric powered cars, LED lighting, a closed circuit camera system, and license plate readers. Wilson said the spaces for electric powered cars may increase depending on demand.
The crumbling garage was demolished this past July of 2016. Sharon Lee, a spokesperson for Borough President Melinda Katz, stated there will be an, “at grade (flat, not elevated) street level municipal parking lot.”
The project was initially slated to be finished this past fall, but had been extended for one year in October 2015.
The parking garage, which had approximately 500 spaces, was shut down in September 2014 after the city engineers realized it was too dangerous to stay open. Borough hall lost 500 parking spaces in the demolition. The lot was mainly used by jurors and employees who needed all-day parking, a need the city has yet to fill.
At the time of the demolition, the garage had 20 violations still open, which dated back to 1989. It had falling concrete throughout and was in a generally poor structural condition.
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