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No parking! Neighbors say med building developers will be short on spots

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Neighbors of a nine-story building under construction in Bensonhurst are furious that the project’s developer wants to cut in half the amount of off-street parking spaces he’s required to provide, claiming that the shortage of spots will wreak havoc on an already parking-starved neighborhood.

Mark Caller, the developer of the Calko Medical Center, a medical services building going up on Bay Parkway between 60th and 61st streets whose largest tenant is Mamonidies Medical Center, has asked the city to let him reduce the number of parking spaces in the building from 206 to 120 — which residents claim would force teachers and parents to circle the block looking for parking spots after the center opens.

“We drive around for 20 to 30 minutes looking for spots as it is,” said Anna Cali, who was among the roughly 100 protesters picketing outside of the construction site last Thursday. “If you are not even going to supply enough spots to supply the workers, you’re going to destroy the neighborhood.”

Present plans for the facility allow parking for patients and employees on the second and third floors, which more than makes up for the spaces the building will take away, including two to make way for curb cuts and several other at what will become No Parking zone along Bay Parkway.

But with fewer parking spots indoors, opponents say developers are putting profit ahead of the people.

“If you put in 200 spots, it requires another floor of use that could be rented — [their plans come] at the expense of the neighborhood,” said Msgr. David Cassato of the nearby Saint Athanasius Church. There are also three schools within two blocks of the building.

Neither Caller nor Robert Kodsi, the hospital’s head doctor, responded to calls requesting comment.

A spokeswoman for Maimonides Medical Center, which has agreed to lease two floors for pathology and orthopedics departments, confirmed the hospital is “a limited partner” in the development, but did not respond to requests for comment on the parking situation.

Caller claims that the parking isn’t as bad as neighbors think.

According to a parking study commissioned by the developers, many of the employees and patients will take public transportation or get rides from family members to get there. At 11 am on a weekday — the peak parking time — 125 people would need parking spaces, the study said, leaving only five drivers searching for parking in the streets.

According to the study, there are 893 spaces in the immediate area — 605 of which were occupied at the time the engineering firm visited the area last October.

Caller initially tried to develop the building— which is zoned for residential use, but has a commercial overlay allows for buildings that provide a public service — into a mixed-used building with residential units above retail on the ground floor, but plans stalled after the housing market crashed in 2007, according to the website Real Estate Weekly.

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jerry mandaro from bensonhurst says:
i lived on 60th street for 8 years and 61st for the past 41years, caller claims the parking is not as bad as we say this guy dosent have a clue or his parking expert. his parking expert said only about 60 percent of the people working there will drive and only 40 percent of the patients. do the math at capacity 750 workers and just say 300 patients that comes out to be 540 spaces. They say they are going to have valet parking, im sure it will cost a small fee, so if they see a spot on the street why wouldnt they just take it. There entrance is directly across from the school entrance, do you think they really care about the saftey of the students, i think not. Also they will be open onSaturday and sunday what stops them from parking in our parking lot for church services, we will not lay down.
Oct. 20, 2011, 3:27 pm
Vivian Biondolillo from Bensonhurst says:
I have lived on 60th Street 48 years. With families now having 2 cars, it's impossible to get a space. I have a driveway and can't remember the time I parked in front of my house. During the 10 month school period it is literally a very dangerous situation with cars and buses and parents picking up their children. I really don't know what these owners mean about non-peak.

The are building the building without integrity and even made the parking study out of integrity. They are not going to mess up our neighborhood like they did with Boro Park. People on top of one another. It's disgusting there.

They are coming into our neighborhood and we love it here and will continue to love it. We take good care of our homes and go out of our way to rent to nice people who deserve to park their cars. Our students and church members deserve to get to where they are going without danger and being frustrated,

The BSA has observed our area and told them outright to create more parking. The colossal nerve of putting storage in this huge building basement is another excuse. The BSA is feed up and want to see a real parking assesment that is not done on alternate side days. I pray that they we are awarded at least 350 spaces or more so they don't destroy a neighborhood that everyone glows about. Our politicians, Bill Colton and David Greenfield are standing up for us with vigor. We will win.
Oct. 31, 2011, 9:44 pm

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