Garage Slated to Ease Carrboro Parking Woes.
The Carrboro News has
just found out that a new parking garage is slated to be constructed
in the near future to help ease what many residents call, "a
really screwed up parking situation!".
The new parking garage,
to be built on the corner of Weaver Street(The
Bruceway) and North Greensboro Street, will be built in such
a way as not to destroy the
landscaping, which earned them an award from The Carrboro News.
parking garage, as seen in the architectural rendering buy the architectural
firm Drawem, Quicly & Sellem, will leave the standing buildings
and landscaping virtually untouched. Climbing 11 stories into the
air(not counted the 60 foot WCOM antenna), the mega-building will
hold 132 cars, more than enough to ease the parking problems of
the building was going to be an automated system in which the cars
where put on an elevator and then parked through out the building,
but that would have required, making alterations to the landscaping
which the Town of Carrboro made abundantly clear would be unacceptable.
"When we have a landscaping motif that adds so much beauty
to the community", one town official explained, "we wouldn't
allow it to be tampered with, even if the building was the Taj Mahal!.
We recognize what this little parcel of land has done for our community
and we aim to protect it with all our capabilities."
automated car loading method was nixed, there was a scramble to
find another way to load the cars. As construction was slated to
begin in the fall, all involved believed that an 11-story parking
garage with no way to get the cars into the garage might be a bit
of an embarrassment to a community with the farsightedness to prepare
a 2020 plan(After all, how many communities do you know that have
the foresight to plan to start planning their communities so far
in the future!). The idea that finally won was the extended fork
will drive into the parking lot(from the backside) and drive onto
a large pallet. The forklift, with it's extended reach will allow
it to extend 12 stories in the air, gently sliding the pallets,
with their payload of car gently into place. The cage of the forklift
will be made of super extra-strength titanium to protect the driver
from falling cars.
to park a car will be $1 an hour with optional insurance available
for $20. For those of you who want to try to save money and avoid
the insurance, The Carrboro News suggests that you contact your
insurance company to see if your policy covers mishaps in forklift
loading garages.(We know that some policies cover damage from falls
up to the 5th floor, so make sure you specify the 12 floor model!)
of you who noticed the extended WCOM antenna which will undoubtedly
expand their broadcasting area, WCOM has plans, which The Carrboro
News will cover in the very near future.