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Park Slope garage conversion into luxe rentals fuels backlash

Mixed-use development with rentals, retail already drawing ire of some locals
June 26, 2014 10:30AM

Plans to convert a 260-car garage near the Park Slope Food Co-op into a mixed-use development with 28 luxury rental units have some area residents in an uproar.

The development at 798-804 Union Street would ultimately include 7,000 square feet of ground floor retail in addition to the luxury digs. But neighbors and members of the food co-op, located only steps away, are concerned about the loss of parking space and increased traffic. To pursue the planned conversion, the property’s owner Lewis Meltzer will have to secure a city zoning variance to convert the 85-year-old structure into a retail space. He will present his plans to Community Board 6 tonight.

According to Meltzer, who has owned the property for 33 years, the plans will actually reduce traffic congestion in the area.

“You won’t have cars going in and out of a garage all day, so obviously there will be less traffic,” he told the New York Daily News. “I know some people are upset, but this will be a tremendous addition to the neighborhood.” [NYDN]Julie Strickland

  • HopeandChangeRules

    People are outraged by change? Shocking. I thought the people of this city loved “change”. They voted for “change”. Then why is it that anytime someone decides to update, tear down, convert, etc. his PRIVATE PROPERTY these community maniacs come crawling out of the woodwork to fight it??? Don’t these people have anything else to do????

  • marknroses

    PS Co-Op should have master leased it when they had the chance and charged their members.