Thursday, June 13, 2013

Roosevelt Island Motorgage Garage Renovation Continues - 4th and 5th Floor Sections To Be Closed For Parking Space Striping And Installation Of New Light Fixtures

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The renovation project at the Motorgate Parking Garage will be entering into sections 4A South, 4B South, 4D, 5A South, and 5A North in 3 weeks. Current work in sections 3A South, 3A North, 2A, 2B, and 1A for this portion of the project is expected to be completed by July 8, 2013 during which time, these sections will re-open to patrons for parking.

The following sections will be closed for striping and installation of new light fixtures:

July 8, 2013 - August 1, 2013- Sections 4A South and 4A North
August 1, 2013 - August 15, 2013- Sections 4B South and 4D.
August 15, 2013 thru September 19, 2013- Sections 5A South & 5A North

Disabled/ADA Patrons currently parking in section 4D will have temporary reserved disabled parking in sections 5D and 6D until the renovations in 4D is complete.

As a reminder, this work is necessary to upgrade the current lighting to LED light fixtures which are brighter, durable and more energy efficient.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
In November 2011, former RIOC Vice President of Operations Fernando Martinez took me on a tour of the Motorgate garage and explained the Motorgate Waterproofing Project and making the parking spaces uniform with straight lines. Here's what happened.

You Tube Video of Motorgate Parking Garage Improvements


dmiller1000 . said...

The space widths are still too small - and all the talk about how many spaces are available belies the fact that entire sections of the garage have been usurped for non-parking activity - look upstairs! And the level 3 being shown has been largely set aside for a string of handicapped parking. They all park on the street for free. The handicapped parking should have remained on the north end so that no elevator is needed. The handicapped will never use level 3. Plus, no mention of north elevator replacement after, what, 15 years?

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CheshireKitty said...

There's always been sections of the garage set aside for equipment storage and so forth - this is nothing new. What's it to you if there are spots for the handicapped on level 3? Every garage or lot has handicapped spots situated near elevator access - or in the case of lots, closest to the entrance. It's logical to do so, plus it may even be mandated in the ADA law.

Now you are complaining about the handicapped parking on the street - but most may be subsisting on disability, which is a very sparse benefit - they aren't exactly millionaires by and large. And if they're disabled, their shot at making more money may be limited. Put yourself in their shoes.

Are you opposed to senior discounts too?

Yes, the north elevator should be replaced - that's exactly why handicapped parking was moved to the south end.

Question: Why would handicapped customers never use level 3? What about any other customers - they all have qualms about driving to level 3? You should seriously re-examine your thinking about the disabled and about the garage: The disabled are the same as any other garage customers. They are cut a break on parking insofar as spots set aside for them may be situated closer to the elevator. This makes sense and may be mandated by law in any event.

You try surviving on disability payments before you start whining about free/discounted disabled street parking.

CheshireKitty said...

This has been argued to death for the past two years: The consensus is that the angled parking is better/easier to park in than the perpendicular spots.

Central Parking could conduct a poll of monthly parkers - include a question with the bill (paper or electronic) asking what would the customer prefer, angled parking as we have now, or perpendicular parking? RIOC could take the results of the poll into account in deciding whether to go with angled or perpendicular striping.

Why not make Motorgate as user-friendly as possible? That means angled parking.

In addition user-friendly means working elevators. It means removing the risk of having your car leaked on by rainwater mixing with whatever substances might percolate through the concrete when you park on a non-rooftop level, by sealing the parking surfaces throughout the garage.

Finally, it means restoring the atrium by washing the struts - perfect "perches" for our avian friends; however, the structure is an atrium not an aviary. Motorgate must be user-friendly for humans.

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