From Sheepshead Bites:
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.
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.
One block away, the same landlord owns the triangular property at 1401 Sheepshead Bay Road. At this location, the owner is trying to legalize ambulatory and diagnostic services. Existing regulations require the landlord to have 77 spaces to accommodate those services. But the building only has eight.
To side skirt the law, the owner is asking the board to grant a variance that would reduce the number of required spots to 53. Eight would be in their cellar. The remaining 45 would be in the building at 1501 Avenue Z – as part of their 101.