Clemente Soto Velez Center Hopes to Increase Accessibility with New Elevator and Rear Lot Upgrades

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 at 5:00 am by

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot rehearsal, July 2015

The iconic Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center is not done upgrading its facility. While the building itself may have undergone an extensive makeover four years ago, it appears the renovations are not complete. The longtime arts organization hopes to improve overall accessibility to its facility, which includes some structural modifications and increasing its visibility on its decrepit backside.

As it stands, the rear parking lot space is unevenly paved, boasts drainage issues, and “lacks connection to the neighborhood.” While the area does host popular seasonal events such as CutLog or Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, the open-air real estate is largely gated behind lock and key.

The CSV is now proceeding with a three-fold plan to address the issues, though. These components actually received initial approval a year ago, but have since been re-tooled in conjunction with designer Sage and Coombe Architects.

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Composed of corrugated metal cladding that encapsulates a glassy shaft. Passengers can look out the window of the cab.

Rear Entrance
The CSV will, for the first time, establish a public entrance to the facility via the Norfolk Street lot.

Parking Lot Tune-up
The lot itself will undergo extensive repair (leveled and resurfaced), with twenty parking spaces drawn. New trees are also in the plans.

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The remodeling proposal will be heard in front of the Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 3 on March 15.

Full presentation…

Clemente Soto Velez Rear Yard Proposal

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