DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Work continues on the 370-car parking garage that will serve as the base for philanthropist Eli Broad’s $100 million contemporary art museum. The three-level garage is expected to be complete in January, said Broad Foundation spokeswoman Karen Denne. Construction of the museum will begin once the garage is done. The design for the three-level museum by architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro features a pre-cast concrete web that will encase the museum on five sides, including the roof, letting diffuse light inside and providing the primary structural support for the building. The 93,000-square-foot museum will house Broad’s 2,000 contemporary works, with rotating pieces on display in the third floor gallery. The project will include a public plaza to the south and west of the site, and widened sidewalks along Grand Avenue between Second and Third streets. The CRA is spending $52 million on the plaza, sidewalks and garage portions of the project. Broad will cover the rest of the museum construction cost, in addition to the $7.7 million he paid to lease the land for 99 years. That money will fund an affordable housing component for a planned apartment tower next to the museum. Broad will also endow the museum with $200 million.
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