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Parking Project in Biot, France to Add Spaces & Connect ...

Parking Project in Biot, France to Add Spaces & Connect City Hall Extension

With the help of architect Gérard Vollenweider, ninety-four new parking spaces will be created in the Bâchettes neighborhood, along with an elevator and an escalator. Construction will begin in September 2017. If the Bâchetttes were a quartet, the winning combination would be 94, 10, 2018, and 4.1. Ninety-four being the number of extra parking spaces that will be created,

View of Parking in Biot, France

With the help of architect Gérard Vollenweider, ninety-four new parking spaces will be created in the Bâchettes neighborhood, along with an elevator and an escalator. Construction will begin in September 2017.

If the Bâchetttes were a quartet, the winning combination would be 94, 10, 2018, and 4.1. Ninety-four being the number of extra parking spaces that will be created, ten being the number of necessary months of work, 2018 being the planned completion date of this project, and 4.1 million euros being the estimated cost.

In front of a few hundred people, including numerous elected officials and members of the Collectif des Bâchettes, Mayor Guilaine Debras announced the project planned by architect Vollenweider with Phillippe Pizepan, director of technical and architectural services.  

Access to the parking garage will be through the current entry of the first row of parking spaces in a one-way 4-meter wide street that will descend to the lowest level of the parking garage.

The whole area will be structured by spalled concrete terraced walls “to emulate a stone finish,” specified the chief magistrate, and by a pedestrian framework with an escalator: “all parking spaces in the cul de sac will be gone.”

Plans for Future Parking Complex in Biot, France

Existing parking lots will be renovated with new pavement, spaces rotated to an angle of 65 degrees, “making parking much easier,” new paint and more lighting. The few current spaces in front of the Chez Odile restaurant will be replaced by a “place for living together.”

At the location of the former Ghiglione house, recently destroyed by mandate, an extension of the city hall will be built with meeting rooms, offices, and public restrooms.

“An elevator will connect this space to the new Valbonne Road, where a hanging garden will be created,” emphasized Debras. A House of Crafts will open in the lowest level of the parking structure with workshops, exposition spaces, and offices inside. Finally, a path will be drawn to join, “in an agreeable manner,” the Baume parking lot to the second level of the parking.

The cost of this project is estimated to be 4.1 million euros, 3.2 million for the parking and 900,000 for the extension of the city hall,” stated Pizepan. Work will begin in September of 2017 and will finish in June of 2018.

How is parking managed in your city? Are there major parking management or construction projects occurring in your community? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below.

Original article, originally published in French here.

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Carmen Phillips is a graduate of Oberlin College and is currently pursuing her masters in French Translation at Kent State University. Carmen spent the last year in Lyon, France teaching English to primary school children and had the opportunity to i...

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