With work officially getting underway last week, it should be open by the fall of 2017.
“Queens Borough Hall and the Queens Criminal Court are places where the people’s business is conducted, so it is important that there be sufficient parking available,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “The long-awaited, new municipal parking lot will alleviate current parking and traffic issues in the neighborhood, while also offering numerous modern amenities, including charging stations for electric vehicles.”
For over 50 years, a four-deck, 500-space parking garage existed at the site, however it was demolished in 2014 over safety concerns making parking more difficult for visitors to Borough Hall and the courthouse on the already congested streets of Kew Gardens.
“Municipal parking facilities can provide communities like Kew Gardens space that relieves the demand for on-street parking,” said Queens Department of Transportation Commissioner Nicole Garcia. “With 302 spaces, parking in and around the borough’s vital civic center will be significantly improved.”