By Sarina Trangle
The city Department of Design and Construction said it received permission to solicit demolition services for the shuttered Borough Hall parking garage under an emergency declaration, which will speed up the project.
DDC said it has consent to ink a contract for the planning and execution of knocking down the 80-25 126th St. municipal garage anytime between January 2015 and 2018. However, DDC spokesman Howard Pollack said the emergency status meant it was a priority and DDC was moving quickly. He did not give a timetable for the work.
Pollack stressed that the city would ensure the facility was examined for asbestos and other potential hazards before demolition begins.
Once the garage is removed, he said the department would negotiate a second contract for the creation of a 300-slot surface parking lot beside Borough Hall.