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July 25, 2010

PlaNYC 1950 under reconsideration? Parking minimums in Downtown Brooklyn may be dropped

Atlantic Yards Report

From Streetsblog, “Movement Afoot” to Drop Downtown Brooklyn Parking Minimums

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Department of City Planning is currently studying the merits of parking minimums in some of New York's transit-rich neighborhoods, like Harlem and western Brooklyn and Queens. And local interests in at least one neighborhood, Downtown Brooklyn, are starting to mobilize around the issue. While the coalition has yet to go public, sources say there have been preliminary discussions about reducing, or even eliminating, parking minimums in the area, which would be a big victory for sustainable transportation.

Right now, parking minimums in Downtown Brooklyn force new developments to include huge garages, effectively subsidizing driving in one of New York City's most transit-rich neighborhoods.

...This round of discussions about parking minimums hasn't reached Community Board 2 yet, said District Manager Robert Perris, but he knows it's been tried before. "I know the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, on behalf of certain developments, and the Brooklyner was one of them, went to DCP and said these figures are crazy here," recalled Perris. "They were not successful in those negotiations." The Partnership refused to comment for this story.

They were also crazy when it comes to Atlantic Yards, adjacent to Downtown Brooklyn (or, if you believe the developer, part of it) and adjacent to a major transit hub, as I wrote in December 2007, calling it PlaNYC 1950.

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Posted by steve at July 25, 2010 8:45 AM