Wednesday, February 06, 2008

More Parking Meters Coming to Slope's Seventh Avenue

In another sign that upscale retailing is creeping south in Park Slope, the Department of Transportation is adding parking meters on Seventh Avenue from 11th Street through 15th Streets. A poster on Brooklynian quotes some information about it from Community Board Six:
The Department of Transportation is under no legal obligation to notify affected property owners, residents, etc. of the installation of parking meters. We did receive a notice from them, which was announced at our last Transportation Committee meeting and last general meeting, but did not seem to get picked up by any local papers for broader attention.

There will be new parking regulations that will accompany the meters which will allow the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to sweep this stretch of 7th Avenue six times a week instead of the current two. DSNY has prepared a comprehensive plan to change our street sweeping for our district and included in those plans are changes to 7th Avenue that will include:

*instead of being swept twice a week, the entire length of 7th Avenue will be swept 6 times a week, and
*two 1/2 hour regulations: Instead of prohibiting parking on both sides of the street from 8-9am, the Eastside will be swept 8:30-9am, and the Westside (Flatbush-9th) will be swept 7:30-8am & Westside (9th-15th) will be swept 8-8:30am.

In addition, on the residential blocks we should expect to see the following changes:
*all 3-hour regulations (8-11am or 11am-2pm) will be condensed to 90-minute regulations
*all blocks in the district will be swept twice a week (the ones below 4th Avenue are currently swept four times a week).
Change.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Ben said...

sucks to lose spots on 7th but I guess it's good for the businesses. I don't see how anyone driving would ever shop at any of these places as finding parking is impossible during the day.

Love the fact that they will go from 3 hr windows to 90 min. 3 hours is excessive, especially as it is even more difficult to find parking on surrounding blocks during these times.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous tomzda said...

I agree that parking meters will be great for businesses in the South Slope but I wonder why they are using individual meters and not the electronic municipal meters? It seems like the city makes more money with the electronic parking stations since you can't use somebody else's leftover time and you can potentially fit more cars on 1 block (if all of the cars are smaller than average).

Curious....

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Craig Hammerman said...

tomzda - you're absolutely right!

I asked DOT about the muni-meters. The longer "avenue" blocks, like the ones on Atlantic Avenue, actually do have sufficient cumulative curbspace to squeeze out an extra parking space or two when they are not pre-measured at 20-feet, which is the standard parking spot length used for single meters. On the shorter "street" blocks, like the ones of 7th Avenue, we typically don't have sufficient cumulative curbspace to squeeze out an
extra parking space.

Also, the muni-meters require a different infrastructure than the single meters do and there's a pre-existing plan for their widespread installation. 7th Avenue is in the plan. DOT is in the process of converting over all single meters to the muni-meter system and expect to have the whole City converted within the next few years.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Craig Hammerman said...

tomzda - you're absolutely right!

I asked DOT about the muni-meters. The longer "avenue" blocks, like the ones on Atlantic Avenue, actually do have sufficient cumulative curbspace to squeeze out an extra parking space or two when they are not pre-measured at 20-feet, which is the standard parking spot length used for single meters. On the shorter "street" blocks, like the ones of 7th Avenue, we typically don't have sufficient cumulative curbspace to squeeze out an
extra parking space.

Also, the muni-meters require a different infrastructure than the single meters do and there's a pre-existing plan for their widespread installation. 7th Avenue is in the plan. DOT is in the process of converting over all single meters to the muni-meter system and expect to have the whole City converted within the next few years.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Interesting - thanks for the info!

9:51 AM  

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