The Department of Sanitation’s new garbage garage in Hudson Square is nearing completion, concluding a saga that began in the 2000s with fierce neighborhood opposition. The structure spans five floors and comprises 340,000 square feet of space, and the builder is De Matteis, which has a page on the project.
While NIMBYism is generally awful, in this case, it was somewhat justified; the location of the facility is completely inappropriate. Given the desirability of Hudson Square, the city should have sold the land for condominiums or hotel development, as either use would have been higher and better than what has ultimately been built; using prime Manhattan real estate for trash collection is clearly an inefficient allocation of land and resources on the city’s part.
Though the garage should have been built elsewhere, its ultimate appearance is not exactly awful, though the random placement of vents along the building’s facade is a definite negative. Besides that issue, the project is defined by what amounts to a casement curtain wall, and the windowed grid breaks up the monolith’s monotony.
Completion of the garbage garage is expected in 2014, and work on an adjacent salt shed will soon follow.
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