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June 16, 2011

Net nabe's 'park' perk

NY Post
by Rich Calder and Wilson Dizard

The dream of city residential-parking permits could become reality for neighbors of the planned Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Christopher Hrones, the Department of Transportation's Downtown Brooklyn coordinator, said the agency is looking to offer the permits as relief to residents living nearby the 18,000-seat Prospect Heights arena, which opens in September 2012 and will be the new home of the NBA's Nets.

The arena -- part of the Atlantic Yards project -- can accommodate just 1,100 cars, and neighborhood parking is already scarce.

"We need to explore how it would work. This is something we will be looking at now, and when the arena opens," Hrones said during an Atlantic Yards meeting at Borough Hall Tuesday night.

Hrones said there are no plans to look at offering the permits in other parts of the city, and it's still unclear how large an area will be studied. Any permit plan would need to be approved by the state Legislature.

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Posted by eric at June 16, 2011 4:43 PM