What’s Up With The ‘No Parking’ Sign In The Waldbaums Parking Lot?

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Photo by Ben Cohn/Bensonhurst Bean

Photo by Ben Cohn/Bensonhurst Bean

As the owners of Jmart quietly closed on the Waldbaums supermarket site last week, a “no parking” sign has popped up in the store’s parking lot.

The 37-year-old New Utrecht Avenue supermarket — which shut down as part of A&P’s recent bankruptcy filing — has been vacant since November, and its lot has become a dumping ground for trash, stripped down cars, and random articles of clothing.

One neighbor, who we’ll identify only as Muggles, inquired about the signage, which specifies that “unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.”

She wrote us:

The owner’s of the Waldbaums had no problem allowed cars to park there overnight. The signs that JMart has posted seem to indicate they are going to screw over the hard working people of the neighborhood… Parking is a huge deal in the area. It’s going to put a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths if cars start getting towed. As of 8pm on February 26th, 2016, there were 43 cars parked in that parking lot. I wonder what will happen tomorrow. Can the Brooklyn Bean look into this? Parking is a huge deal in the area. It’s going to put a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths if cars start getting towed.

A representative for Jmart — which has owned the private lot for less than a week — told us that the owners have big plans for the space, but that renovations to the building and cleanup will take some time.

The supermarket’s owners have also not yet decided what the parking policy will be when the store opens, but at the moment “no parking” signs are necessary to get the ambitious job done, and to ensure that vehicles are not damaged when work crews come in.

Photo by Ben Cohn

Orange purse anyone? Photo by Ben Cohn/Bensonhurst Bean

Photo by Ben Cohn/Bensonhurst Bean

Photo by Ben Cohn/Bensonhurst Bean

Regarding the trash, Community Board 11 (CB11)’s District Manager Marnee Elias Pavia told us the board has referred complaints to the correct city agencies.

“We have contacted the Department of Sanitation regarding the garbage and illegal dumping at the former Waldbaums parking lot,” said Elias Pavia. “Since this is private property, it was forwarded to the lot cleaning division, where a legal process is followed.”

Photo by Ben Cohn/Bensonhurst Bean

Photo by Ben Cohn/Bensonhurst Bean

In other words, the lot will be cleared, the new building will be built, but if we want to help it along, we all need cooperate and park our cars somewhere else.

  • Slum

    Boo Hoo I will actually to look for parking now like everyone else. Suck it up. First it was another Asian market moving in; now the parking. What will you people come up with next. It is like you folks won’t be satisfied until you get your way completely. I for one will be glad when we assimilate this entire neighborhood and rid of the “trash” so to speak.

  • Sean F

    I predicted that the parking lot would be an issue for the neighborhood as soon as they all started squatting their cars in it when Waldbaum’s closed. Time for the neighbors to understand that the property has changed hands, and the new owners have no obligation to allow cars to park on their lot. The Waldbaums lot did have cars in it overnight, though not nearly as many as it does now. But Waldbaums didn’t really do much to maintain the lot (I believe portions of it close to 18th Ave (such as the bakery dumpster area) weren’t under Waldbaums’ direct control).

    I assume that JMart will put up new fences, and probably install gates at both entrances. No more using the lot as a shortcut from 18th to New Utrecht. I do wonder what patrons of 18HiPot, Rite Aid and the other stores on
    that strip will do for parking now, as I expect JMart will enforce the lot as
    parking for their customers only.

    My best guess is that the people who rushed to find free parking on the lot will also be the same people who refuse to shop in the store.

  • ROSALIE907

    Give me a break. I drive around sometimes for 1/2 hour to find a legal spot where I live. We have cars here that owners put covers on and get away with not moving them during alternate side parking because Sanitation says “they’re private property” and many of us are furious over this.The police did tow these 2 cars away about 2 months ago but amazingly they’re back and parked in the same spots they were parked in before they were towed away. The people who are parking in this lot are doing the same, it’s not their property and they have no right to park there unless they’re shopping at the supermarket.