Sunday, July 29, 2007

The EDC backs down with its parking plan... in Queens

The NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) seems arbitrary in its plans to build and tear down parking in Brooklyn. They have been doing the same thing in Queens, but they have backed down from a plan after public pressure. This doesn't mean that they are responding to that public pressure, but it does give us some hope in Brooklyn. The Queens Chronicle reports in City Shelves Proposal To Raze Courthouse Garage:

Kew Gardens residents wary of losing precious-few parking spaces to a sprawling new mixed-use facility near the courthouse can put their fears to rest — for now.

After seeking bids for over eight months, the city shelved its proposal last month to raze the parking garage near the Kew Gardens Courthouse and replace it with an enormous new facility featuring extra office space, apartments, even a high school.

The decision came after the Economic Development Corporation’s “request for proposals” failed to spark enough interest from developers to undertake the project.