Parking garages closing in Co-op City

(07/30/03) CO-OP CITY - Co-op City residents are facing a parking crisis. With one garage already closed, four more parking garages are set to close on July 31, leaving more than 7,000 drivers without parking.

Garage 6 is already closed, and the decision to close garages 1, 3, 4 and 8 for repairs comes after three engineering companies determined that the garages were in unstable condition. Engineers say the garages are in danger of collapsing if not fixed.

As a temporary solution the Riverbay Corporation, which manages Co-op City, is breaking ground to build a lot over a park. The new lot will have parking spaces for 1,500 cars. Some other possible solutions are creating angled parking spaces on the streets around Co-op City and allowing residents to park at Bay Plaza. The Riverbay Corporation is in talks with the city and Bay Plaza to see if they can acquire the spaces. Another possible solution is turning the Co-op City Greenway into a parking lot, but that will take several weeks and cost $3 million.

Bronx officials are meeting with the city and Riverbay Corporation officials on Wednesday to work on a solution to the parking problem.

Co-op City faced with parking crisis

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