Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Construction Related "Displaced"Parking Issues

I have received several inquires from W12thRd residents who are requesting an estimated date of completion of the street reconfiguration and raising construction work which commenced this past Monday, March 7th, 2016.

I have been advised that street reconfiguration and raising work on West 12th Road will consist of an approximate 4 month period of street trenching for the purpose of sanitary and storm sewage systems followed by additional several months of street trenching for the purpose of a new water main line to be followed by street raising and closure.  This timeline is consistent with the estimates previously provided by the New York City DOT indicating that upon completion of new bulkhead placements at the end of each street, individual street reconfiguration and raising would run, at a minimum, of some 9 months per street.  

Residential concern in this regard is being driven by the fact that there are only a finite number of available authorized "displaced" parking spaces alongside the Cross Bay Boulevard median and as a result of construction activity there is a total parking restriction regarding resident parking on West 12th Road requiring vehicle owners to utilize  those authorized "displaced" parking spaces alongside the Cross Bay Boulevard median.

In addition to the total parking restriction on West 12th Road, there also exists partial parking restrictions on West 11th and West 13th Roads resulting in required usage of the "displaced" areas on Cross Bay for parking by residents of those streets.

Residential parking concerns were also exacerbated recently when the community of Broad Channel, at the direction of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting,  recently sustained a temporary but substantial loss of parking in order to accommodate the CBS Production of its television series "Blue Bloods."  This action was undertaken by the city with no prior official notice to the community. The loss of these parking spaces required residents who would normally use such space to avail themselves of the "displaced" parking space on the boulevard median which was originally intended for those vehicles displaced as a result of capital construction activity.

It should be noted that on at least 4 separate occasions during the period of 2011 through 2014 at project meetings , DOT was specifically requested to have the City refrain its Mayor's Film Office from authorizing any film shoots in Broad Channel requiring a marked loss of residential parking if such authorization would exacerbate any existing parking availability issues caused by displaced parking already sustained as a result of this street reconfiguration project.

Perhaps in the future the city could find its way to advise the community sufficiently in advance of such non-construction related parking displacement to ensure parking disruption is kept to a minimum.

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