Friday, July 08, 2011

Fox News, WPIX follow up, find illegal parking at site; Atlantic Yards Watch shows Atlantic Avenue "lot" and "funeral director"; will AY District Service Cabinet address parking issue?

Following up on the Daily News's coverage of illegal parking around the Atlantic Yards construction site, MyFox New York took a look, and their report, below, is pretty damning.

Beyond that report, Atlantic Yards Watch followed up, pointing out that construction workers have "expanded the locations they park illegally onto Atlantic Avenue, apparently closing off part of a travel lane to create their own free parking lot," as shown in the photo taken yesterday.

Another set of photos shows the wide array of strategies used by illegal parkers, including the daily deployment of a funeral director's card. That was captured in video shot by WPIX, at bottom.

Enforcement issues

There are a couple of problems here. First, as I wrote this morning, someone has to enforce parking regulations when the police flout them.

Off-street parking?

Second, as Atlantic Yards Watch points out, Forest City Ratner and Empire State Development Corporation said at a 6/28/11 meeting that the number of construction workers had not risen to the point where the developer was supposed to create off-street parking.

But construction workers seem to be creating their own illegal on-street parking spaces--and, as the video below shows, they're glad that parking rules aren't being enforced.

District Service Cabinet meeting July 14

Perhaps these issues will be discussed--and resolved--at the fourth meeting of the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet, to be held July 14 at Borough Hall at 9:30 a.m. (I'm aiming to reconfirm this.)

The District Service Cabinet brings together affected agencies, community board representatives, the Borough President's Office and the developer. Questions from the public cannot be posed at the meeting but can be funneled through the community boards, City Council Member Letitia James's office, and the Borough President's Office.



WPIX report

2 comments:

  1. If the construction workers, who presumably live reasonably nearby, don't take public transportation to the site, why does anyone think fans will?

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  2. I'm not sure that's the best comparison. Some of the workers drive from a long distance, they work odd hours (have to leave early in the morning), and have tools to carry. That's why the environmental review said they were likely to drive--and why parking for them should be provided.

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