The Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum planned as the anchor of the High Line's Meatpacking District starting point is supposed to include office and maintenance facilities for park employees and other High Line staff. But while the old warehouse at 820 Washington Street has been demolished and paved over, the museum is still a question mark. The city isn't taking any chances. DNAinfo reports that the bidding process is underway for construction of a $20 million four-story maintenance and operations facility that will be built on the northeast corner of the site (completion is set for 2013). The smallish structure, which will also have public restrooms and maybe a café, will still have a footprint of 5,000 square feet. DNAinfo tries to fan the flames of outrage a bit, but even if park budgets are getting slashed all over the state, we all know that the Parks Department's new baby gets whatever it wants.
· High Line's Latest Millionaire Neighbor: The Parks Department [DNAinfo]
· Whitney MePa coverage [Curbed]