Things move slowly in West Hollywood, as evidenced especially with its proposed automated garage--it'll park cars via motorized lifts and without the aid of humans--near city hall. We've been talking about this thing for years, but it is indeed inching forward, the West Hollywood Patch reports. The city council voted yesterday to approve the $16 million garage, which will be paid for with bonds, hold 200 cars, and take up about half the space in a new five-story, 25,000 square foot building (city staff offices will occupy the rest of the space). Almost more interesting than robot parking is the fact that the building will feature a 4,000 square foot public plaza and lots of flourishes. "The building structure will be concrete with decorative finish materials to be determined in the next phase of design," a city report states. "A portion of the east facade will be glass to allow for viewing of the internal operation of the automated system. The glass wall will incorporate art by Ned Kahn."
· Council Takes Another Step Towards Automated Garage [West Hollywood Patch]