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Public Works Director Oscar Delgado Previews New Parking Garage

West Hollywood public works director Oscar Delgado sits down with Patch to discuss the new $16 million parking garage at City Hall, set to break ground in Summer 2013.

After years in the making, the new $16 million state-of-the-art automated parking garage will, if all goes as planned, break ground in West Hollywood come summer 2013, according to West Hollywood public works director Oscar Delgado.

Delgado said that city staff will bring the project before Weho City Council by December, seeking permission to issue construction documents.

The automated garage has already been fully designed. Here are some of its features:

  • Four full floors and one partial base floor
  • 200 parking spaces
  • Bicycle and motorcycle parking
  • Community plaza/courtyard
  • Solar panel roof
  • Stage seating, for press conferences, small perfomances, etc.
  • 24-hour security attendant

A full presentation of the garage is attached to the story in PDF form.

Rudolf Martin October 10, 2012 at 03:29 PM
is this a new section of the patch where we get to see infomercials made by the city? no context provided? 'much anticipated'??? seriously? have you read your own comment threads on this topic? here is the most recent one: http://westhollywood.patch.com/articles/city-council-says-go-ahead-with-robo-garage
Rudolf Martin October 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
just over a year ago the price tag was $13 million and the plan included a 'community plaza'. that feature has disappeared but the price tag went up. my guess is it will go up much further. the city has not addressed the costs of maintenance and operation. they are preparing plans to move city hall in the next few years.
Wesley McDowell October 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I'm all for increasing parking in Weho and this is a very creative, though not unique, way of doing it. My real concern is what else is going on? If there is consideration for relocating City Hall to the current sheriff's department site then why spend money on a parking structure at the current site. Seems like this should be addressed before funds are committed or ground is broken.
Rudolf Martin October 10, 2012 at 05:21 PM
yes wesley, a study has been approved in next year's budget ($ 212,000.00) to look into creating a civic center on san vincente and santa monica blvd where city hall would then be relocated to. that property is owned by the county, not by the city.
Brantley Watson October 10, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I've spoken to people in favor of the garage and those that are against the garage. What are your main holdups, those that are NOT in favor of the garage? And those in favor, what aspects of the garage have caused you to give your support?
RTL October 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Will this garage make NOISE? For 16 million it better be whisper silent. I think it's a complete waste of money. Where will the recycling take place that is in the lot 2-3 times a years? I rarely see this lot full. I think this is going to be a money pit.
Stephanie October 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Go to and read pg 8: http://www.weho.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2365 Specifically, the description of the West Hollywood Community Service Center. If you go to weho.org and search West Hollywood City Hall Community Service Center, many references come up. The plan for the structure behind City Hall is called the Community Service Center all the way up to Fall of 2010 and once beyond. So, what happened to the original project with more space for meetings and offices and a "green roof" plus the 200 parking spaces? Who changed the plan and is now shorting the community new offices and meeting rooms? In the 2007 budget the plan was for all the aforementioned things for 18 million dollars (it's online) and now it is a robo garage & a 26' space between the bldgs, the City spin doctors are calling a "community plaza." @ Brantley, I hope you will do some investigative reporting on this and not rely on the comments by readers. I hope you will ask and report on answers from the City regarding what outreach was done and what actual input was received from citizens regarding the complete change of direction. WHEN and HOW was it presented to the community, that the long touted WEST HOLLYWOOD CITY HALL COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER, "one stop" shopping for community service w/new rooms and office space on the 3rd floor of the new parking structure, had changed to the high-ticket item of parking only and a 26' wide space between the buildings now called the community plaza?
Stephanie October 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Actually, Rudolf, the "community plaza" is in this new plan. What is missing from the original idea is the "West Hollywood City Hall Community Service Center". The citizens were supposed to get new community service rooms and new office space. Those seem to have fallen by the wayside without asking the community if they minded. Also, and this is important, the current parking lot IS open space. They are not adding open space by filling the gap between the buildings with a "plaza" they are taking away open space. They are also taking away to old growth trees. But, mostly, there seems to have been little to no significant input from the community on the plans. The way questions are asked is, "Do you want a new automated parking garage?" People say, yes! They do NOT ask, do you want a new automated parking garage IF we have to take away the new community service center rooms because the new structure will not hold the rooms or do you want a traditional parking structure with the promised new rooms on the 3rd flr? As far as I can tell, in this case as in several others in the not too distant past, input was insignificant and was based on questions couched to illicit answers they wanted to hear i.e., Plummer Park input: Do you want more open space? Instead of, "Do you want more open space if we have to destroy 54 old growth trees and 2 historic buildings to get that open space?"
Stephanie October 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM
At the last Design Review Meeting for the Robo garage the question arose about how this $16 million was to be paid. The answer was $1 million from the parking fund and most likely $15 million in bonds would be issues. More debt for the citizens. Also, the design tab is already in the area of $2 million and then there is yearly operation. Brantley, perhaps you could get us some cold, hard facts and figures and report to the community members, most of whom do not have the time to ferret out the details. Attending the meetings might be beneficial for you as well. Thank you.
Brantley Watson October 11, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Stephanie, I certainly plan to follow up the issue and ask the questions people want asked. There is a meeting at the end of this month and I will go from there. Thanks for the input. Email me with any other community topics you feel important at brantley.watson@patch.com.
Rudolf Martin October 11, 2012 at 02:00 AM
yes stephanie, that was my mistake. of course i meant the "community service center" as the feature that mysteriously disappeared but sure was used to get support for the project. i'd like to hear more from the city about the 26 foot "community plaza". sounds very european. what will happen to the "plaza" when city hall evacuates the building? john duran suggested renting the office space to non-profits. i'm not against creating parking spaces but nothing about this project makes sense to me.
Stephanie October 11, 2012 at 03:37 AM
@Brantley, Which meeting?
Stephanie October 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
@Rudolf, like any other project with controversy swirling around it, "Follow the money."
me October 11, 2012 at 06:08 AM
there's just SO much complete BS in this video that i don't even know where to begin.....i'm truly surprised the powers that be at city hall even let him shoot such a video....UGH.....for starters, "the parking needs of city hall".....what about the blasted lack of parking in the rest of the damn city?????.....why are YOUR needs before everyone elses????.....this thing won't generate money cuz folks visiting city hall will be validated, and in the evening it won't be used except for halloween and gay pride unless the nightlife in that part of town drastically changes
Brantley Watson October 11, 2012 at 06:12 AM
October 24. Transportation Commission Special Meeting.
me October 11, 2012 at 06:14 AM
PLEASE ANTICIPATE THE RELEASE OF MY NEW DOCUMENTARY: "HEILMAN'S DREAM" ......his desire is to compete with beverly hills
jose October 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM
"which meeting?"...!!!???.....oh brother.....duh.

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