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Residential Parking Permits Supported by Squadron and Millman

November 3, 2011

The opening of the Barclays Center in Prospect Heights scheduled for next year is residents there to worry that they will be squeezed out of the neighborhood’s few parking spots which are already in tight supply. The new arena, future home to the Brooklyn Nets, will have seating for 18,000, but has only designated 1,100 parking spots for the use of patrons.

This latest upcoming crisis only highlights what has been an ongoing struggle for many residents around New York for quite some time. Many neighborhoods are used by commuters as places to “park-and-ride,” especially places like Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope. One solution which has been proposed in the past but never got very far before was to institute permit parking for neighborhood residents.

The present proposed state bill, which was discussed at a hearing on November 1st,  is considering a plan which will charge residents a fee for a permit to park, which will reserve eighty percent of the parking in the neighborhood for the exclusive use of the residents, while the remaining 20 percent will set aside as short-term parking for visitors. What the  fee for the permit will be has not yet been established.

State Senator Daniel Squadron expressed his opinion of the permit-parking legislation:

“Permit parking is long overdue in Downtown Brooklyn, Western Queens, Upper Manhattan and other communities where residents must circle for hours trying to find parking near their homes,” said Squadron, who is co-sponsoring the legislation with another Brooklyn Democrat, Assemblywoman Joan Millman.

“The permits empower communities, and they even help small businesses,” added the senator.

Squadron stated that the hearing was a “huge step” in the process of getting the permit plan passed.

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