The city's plans to build a new, five-story are coming before the project's steering committee next Thursday.
The state-of-the-art structure, which the City Council appproved unanimously at its , would use an automated system to store vehicles in parking berths using motorized lifts, conveyers and shuttles. People would drive in and drop off their cars to be stored, similar to a valet service.
"The automated garage will help answer the city’s chronic need for parking by serving the parking needs of visitors, neighboring residents, businesses in the surrounding area as well as daytime parking for City employees," the city stated in a release.
Construction was originally scheduled to begin in June 2012, but the start date has been pushed back to late summer 2012. Construction will take approximately one year to complete.
The final cost of the project, according to Oscar Delgado, the city’s director of public works, is projected to be $13.3 million. That includes $2.6 million for the purchase of the technology from Unitronics, as well as construction of the building and creation of a 27-foot-wide courtyard area between the City Hall building and the parking structure.
The Automated Garage and Community Plaza Design Steering Committee will review the project’s proposed conceptual design on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. The meeting is open to the public.