The excess spaces come from large garages that developers of new residential buildings are required to create under current zoning regulations. However, with 13 subway lines and 15 bus routes in the neighborhood, residents often opt for public transit rather than driving, the New York Times reported.
Today, a city council panel will look over new zoning laws that would reduce the minimum number of parking spaces that must be built with new housing projects in Downtown Brooklyn. Currently, developers must create car slots for 40 percent of households; the proposal would shrink that number to 20 percent, and it would allow developers with fallow parking space to use the property for other purposes.
“People are choosing to live in Downtown Brooklyn because of the great access to the public transit network that they find there,” Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, told the New York Times. “The last thing we need to be doing is developing more parking.”
About 22 percent of Downtown Brooklyn households have cars, in contrast to 45 percent for New York City overall, according to figures from the Census Bureau.