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Old Town Automated Parking Returns to City Review | ALXnow

Parking garage for 116 South Henry Street, image via City of Alexandria

Two years after plans for converting 116 South Henry Street into an automated parking garage were first submitted for city review, the garage is resubmitted to the Board of Architectural Review on Thursday, May 5 with some changes in mind.

The plan remains to build a 50ft garage just off King Street, but the entrance is undergoing some sort of overhaul after earlier designs were deemed too ‘monolithic’ in previous hearings.

“The lower levels of the garage will be clad in black brick and the upper levels will be clad in EIFS/Dryvit synthetic stucco,” the staff report states. “Entrances on the first level will consist of two rolling garage doors, an aluminum and glass storefront door system and two pedestrian doors. Large backlit letters spelling “PARKING” will be on the west end of the north elevation, above the entrances. »

The report contains some potential changes to the visuals of the building facade as well as options for different lighting, although to the untrained eye they all look roughly the same.

Construction was approved in April for all three buildings on the site. The parking structure will adjoin a four-story residential building and a four-story mixed-use building.

Staff recommend approval of the parking garage design, with a preference expressed for the fourth option.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins