The city has created three commercial parking zones on West End Avenue to keep trucks from double-parking on the avenue. But what seems like a modest proposal is upsetting some locals, who consider it a first step to turning West End into a more commercial district.
The Department of Transportation said that it was responding to “business stakeholders”, who said that commercial vehicles like FedEx and UPS trucks were being forced to double park on the avenue. So, with Community Board 7’s blessing, the department created three one-hour loading zones on West End. The loading zones will be tested for 90 days and monitored by NYPD, wrote DOT Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione in a letter to Councilwoman Gale Brewer. Initial results show that “the pilot has merit,” she added.
In her initial letter, Brewer wrote that “many residents believe that this proposal will only invite more commercial traffic onto West End Avenue, which in turn will create more double parking, block access to residential building entrances, and exacerbate the amount of fumes and noise from these trucks that are already a quality of life concern for residents. I know that this is a ‘pilot’ program, but given the large outcry against it, I don’t think that this program will solve the problem of double parking, and will create problems that did not exist previously.”
In a subsequent email, Brewer’s staff said she “opposes Fed-Ex and UPS trucks’ free reign over historic West End Avenue.”
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