Work has begun to replace the dilapidated Lyon Place garage with a bigger, brighter “edgier” parking structure in the downtown business district.
Crews began demolishing the five-story garage earlier this month, after the city reached a deal with the Esplanade assisted living facility in March which transferred title of the structure to the city at no cost.
For many years, White Plains leased 153 parking spaces on the first two floors of the 466-space garage from the Esplanade at no cost. Under the new deal, the city will construct and maintain an eight-story facility with 619 parking spaces. The Esplanade will contribute to the operating costs and have the use of 160 spaces for 99 years.
Tearing down the old garage is expected to take 10 weeks. White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said in March that the new garage will be “edgier and more welcoming,” and will include charging stations for electric vehicles and other amenities. Cost for the entire project is estimated at $17.5 million. The new garage could be open early next year.