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Thursday, 09 June 2022 13:58

Southeast Queens Residents Want Auto Body Shops Fined

Written by Naeisha Rose, Queens Chronicle
Jeanne Majors, a Jamaica resident, is tired of auto body shop owners taking up parking near her senior residence. Jeanne Majors, a Jamaica resident, is tired of auto body shop owners taking up parking near her senior residence. Jeanne Majors

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People throughout Southeast Queens, NY, are sick and tired of auto body shop owners parking vehicles they work on in bus lanes or double-parking, and a newly introduced bill by Councilman Bob Holden (D-Maspeth) might be what the doctor ordered.

Holden’s bill, Intro. 0393-2022, would prohibit commercial establishments (auto body shops, mechanics, car renters and gas stations) from parking vehicles on city streets as part of their business or face fines between $250 and $400 per day.

 

“We need to do everything possible to alleviate the shortage of parking spaces in our neighborhoods,” Kevin Ryan, Holden’s spokesman, said to the Queens Chronicle. “There have been widespread problems in our district and many other neighborhoods with commercial shops located near residential property, taking up parking spots with cars and trucks.”

 

Holden represents all or parts of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Woodside.

 

Southeast Queens residents---and businesses accused of parking where they shouldn’t---have plenty to say on the issue.

 

Candace Prince-Modeste, a Springfield Gardens resident, hopes the bill gets the support it needs in the city council.

 

“As a car owner ... I am constantly zigzagging my way along major corridors to avoid double-parked cars near auto body shops,” Prince-Modeste told the Chronicle via email. “The added annoyance of limited parking availability near these shops, coupled with the poor aesthetic that the proliferation of these damaged or abandoned cars create, makes running basic errands an exhausting undertaking.”

 

Prince-Modeste understands the legislation would be cost-prohibitive to some small business owners; however, it would provide...


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