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The West New York Planning Board reviews plans for a parking garage on the 57th Street lot

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A rendering of what the parking lot will look like when completed.

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The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

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Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

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The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.


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A rendering of what the parking lot will look like when completed.

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The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

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Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

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The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.


The West New York Planning Board reviewed city plans to build a parking lot on the site of the surface parking lot on 57th Street. The garage is one of the few the city plans to build on its current municipal lands to alleviate parking issues, including at 51st Street and 54th Street.

Michael Nelson, project architect, presented the preliminary plans for the parking garage to council. The presentation was a courtesy review and discussion, and no action was taken other than a draft letter confirming to the Western New York Board of Commissioners that the Planning Board had reviewed the project.

The existing car park is approximately 94 parking spaces. The planned new garage will contain approximately 197 parking spaces.

“Planned structure parking is 197 parking spaces with potentially spaces beyond pending the supply environment and if we are able to award an alternative supply to the project,” Nelson said.

North of the parking lot is 58and Street, to the west is Bergenline Avenue, to the south is 57and Street, and to the east are buildings. The entrance would be at 57and Street. Under the ramp to the first floor is storage space for the city, according to Nelson. The three-storey car park has several stairs and an elevator.

Three or four floors depending on the offers

While the current render and plans call for three stories, West New York is also exploring the possibility of a four-story parking lot. The city asked the architects of the project to study an alternative offer for an additional floor.

“There is this option, if the numbers are competitive enough, to have another floor,” Nelson said. “This has been incorporated into the tender documents.”

The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

However, the number of floors selected for the parking garage will depend on the nature of the bids received for the project. According to Nelson, the structure can be built to have additional floors in the future, but the road layout would prevent this.

“The difficulty of adding floors to parking lots is the very tight logistics,” Nelson said. “This site in particular is very constrained due to the tight fabric of the street… We could design the structure to support future seams, but the reality is that it is not possible to get a crane from the order of magnitude required to lift the additional loads 120 foot pieces on the building.

Integrate the history of the textile industry

According to Nelson, the city’s history was considered when designing the parking lot’s facade.

“When we started working on the project, one of our first efforts was to review the site in the context of the neighborhood, as well as the building’s relevance to the city. We were inspired by the city’s rich textile industry and history. This began to blend in with some of the neighborhood’s residential vernacular, brick structures and brick patterns.

Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

The brick design is intended to highlight Western New York’s history as a former center of the textile industry. The brick patterns aim to mimic this and the surrounding neighborhood.

“The precast concrete structure with brick veneer, brick patterns, tones and colors was derived from early studies spent in the neighborhood and research into the city’s history,” Nelson said.

Pedestrian walkways approximately 13 feet wide will run around the perimeter of the building.

Council promotes parking plans

President Clara Brito Herrera praised the project, but was in favor of the larger car park option.

“Nice project,” said Herrera. “It’s definitely going to improve the neighborhood and it’s very much needed… One of the things I love the most about the design is the safety with the glass as you walk through the building and the walkways from street to street. other. It’s easy to get to and it’s a great project.

Vice President Jorge Gomez echoed Herrera that the rendering of the parking lot was “beautiful” and that he was also in favor of the larger option.

“If there’s a way to add more parking to it, like another level, that would be even better,” Gomez said. “But it looks great and it’s excited for the city.”

The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.

Commissioner Marguerite Guzman expressed his enthusiasm for the project.

“I really like the embroidery pattern,” Guzman said. “I know this is going to be very well received by the community as one of the issues we are facing is parking. And that’s one of our promises and we keep it.

Commissioner Andrea Bounsiar noted: “It’s aesthetically pleasing, very necessary, and I like the features of glass for safety.”

Commissioner Jonathon Castaneda called him a “gbig project” and Commissioner Ignacio Amaro added that it was “very beautiful”.

Project timeline

According to Nelson, in terms of chronology, tThe aim is to present bids for the project to the council of commissioners on April 20. He added that the structure and aesthetics of the building are the drivers of the program.

“Once the project has been tendered, the contractor will mobilize shortly thereafter,” Nelson said. “Hopefully in June the schedule would start with early tenders with the contractor eventually awarding the project to whoever is needed to fabricate the precast concrete components in the works.”

Nelson said the city is “save the calendar so that the site does not remain inactive for a period of time.”

He added that he expects completion by mid-November 2023. This garage, along with the others, aims to add hundreds of parking spaces in Western New York.

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