Tuesday, July 19, 2011

☞ REVIVE: What's Up with 721 Lenox Avenue?

There's a massive block-long bus depot station at 721 Lenox Avenue between 146th and 147th Street that has been under plywood for quite some time now.  What is happening to the former 1890 trolley barn that was modified in 1946 to become a bus depot? Check out the renderings of the new $225 million MTA project after the jump along with job opportunities coming up for construction.

The building was named the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot back in 1993 and now will be replaced by a 3-story, modern bus facility with a LEED certified green roof to reduce its carbon footprint.  There are only low resolution artwork available currently of the new 400,000 square foot building design by STV architects so it is hard to tell how this one is going to turn out.  An earlier image via AIANY shows a windowless building that is not so inspiring except for the roof: LINK.  At top is a second rendering that appears to be a little more thought out (windows!) but looks to have been quickly drawn.  Another interesting note for the green depot set to be finished by 2013 is the rainwater collected on the roof will used to wash the buses.

Thursday, July 21st, 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon,  Construction Opportunities for the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, meeting at the 8th Floor - Room 8C of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street. McKissack & McKissack will be hosting a meeting about local workforce opportunities at the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot this Thursday. Workforce will include dock builders, laborers, carpenters, operating engineers, lathers, ironworkers, ornamental iron workers, roofers, electrictions, sheetmetal workers, steamfitters, plumbers and millwrights. RSVP by Tuesday, July 19th by calling:  888.990.9675


  1. When is this expected to start? The MTA is already doing construction along Lenox from 141st to 145th, replacing cables for the 145th street station (or something like this). It's made the neighborhood a bit of a traffic headache, but thankfully the jackhammers don't start until 7 am. There's no word on when that construction is expected to end but the traffic cops have said December.

  2. There's been a 'call for artists' for this project but it seems to me that this would be a perfect venue for Franco the Great's work. Don't you think?