The site of the proposed nine story building, with 101-space parking garage facing Avenue Z
A developer has proposed a nine story building adjacent to the train tracks on Avenue Z/Sheepshead Bay Road, near East 15th Street. The oddly-shaped 6,655-square-foot lot will jam in 101 valet parking spaces on four floors that will enter and exit near a bus stop. Worse yet, the owner is asking the Community Board to allow him to use the building’s spaces for ambulatory services in another building he owns a block away.
The developer’s proposal comes in front of Community Board 15 on Tuesday, May 25, at Kingsborough Community College. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the faculty dining room, and residents and commuters affected by the property owner’s plan should testify at the meeting.
The proposed building is 1501(c) Sheepshead Bay Road, currently leased out to an income tax business. The lot is a through lot, extending all the way to the storefront at 1508 Avenue Z. and takes up three lots, including neighborhood businesses like The Learning Wheel and Abe’s Frame Shoppe (a Selfhelp outreach center – which services at-risk populations – vacated a storefront there just a few months ago). [CORRECTED]
On the Sheepshead Bay Road side, the owner proposes a retail establishment and lobby for upper-level offices. Meanwhile, the Avenue Z side will serve as the entrance and exit for the four-level freight-elevator garage. The floor plans submitted to the board show the garage levels packed like sardines, with 25 to 34 cars parked as many as eight deep.
Meanwhile, the garage entrance will reduce street-side parking spaces outside the building, and will sit immediately in front of the B4, B49 and B36 bus stops. [UPDATE: The property owner is now saying the bus stop will be moved. We are awaiting confirmation.]
Layout of the garage levels. This level has 34 cars because of stacked parking. The other levels have 25 cars.
Because the lot is so tightly-packed, the owner envisions attended parking, meaning cars will have to line up and wait to get into the garage. And cars buried deep in the back of the building will have to wait as valets remove nearly a dozen cars, perhaps lining them up along Avenue Z, until the tight space can be navigated.
But if its proximity to a bus stop and likelihood that a slew of cars will be forced to line up along the busy Avenue Z corridor were not bad enough, the developer is asking for leeway in how he crams cars into his building.
Keep reading to find out the owner’s plans for a nearby ambulatory center