The New York City Department of Design and Construction and the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission seek to reorganize and expand the existing Woodside FTA building. The expansion will address the need for increased inspections due to an increase in vehicles. The installation of Woodside has been the headquarters of the TLC for safety and emission inspections for more than 13,500 taxis and all vehicles certified by the TLC.
The proposed design provides an increase in office space and parking, and redistributes vehicle traffic to optimize the site and its inspection services. The current facility, located on a triangular lot of 150,000 SF, consists of an eight-lane inspection parking lot built in the 1960s and a two-story office of 25,000 SF. In the mid-1970s a building was added for executive, regulatory and inspection operations. The current capabilities of Woodside FTA will be surpassed due to the growth of the industry. In order to increase capacities and solve structural problems, the current building will be demolished and rebuilt. The new building will be elevated, allowing more inspection lanes and providing an office with better views and lighting.