Pro­posal to shrink park­ing spa­ces

Lot would get an ex­tra 30 spa­ces if re­quest is granted

Albany Times Union - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric An­der­son

Star­bucks’ lat­est plan for a shop in the for­mer Sears park­ing lot at Colonie Cen­ter will give cus­tomers an­other place to grab their cof­fee. But don’t look for a park­ing space that’s a Grande or a Venti. They’ll all be one size: smaller.

In an era when Amer­i­can ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers are shed­ding the stan­dard­size sedan so they can fo­cus on ever-larger pickup trucks and SUVS, Colonie Cen­ter is ask­ing plan­ners to give it a waiver to shrink its park­ing spa­ces from the re­quired 9 feet wide to just 81/2 feet wide.

The re­quest came dur­ing a meeting last week of the Colonie plan­ning board. Not sur­pris­ingly,

there was some push­back.

“Our stan­dard park­ing stall is 9 feet by 18 feet, said Joe Lacivita, the town’s plan­ning and eco­nomic devel­op­ment direc­tor. “They want to go to 81/2 by 18.

“They get an ad­di­tional 30 spa­ces,” he said.

Lacivita pointed out that ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers are mov­ing away from sedans and com­pacts.

“The SUVS and pickup trucks are all be­com­ing the stan­dard size,” he told a re­porter. “Go­ing to 81/2 is very con­cern­ing.”

Ford Mo­tor Co. in April said it would stop mak­ing nearly all of its car name­plates to fo­cus on the more prof­itable, and in de­mand, SUVS and pickup trucks. Last month, Gen­eral Mo­tors an­nounced a sim­i­lar move.

A Ford F-350 can mea­sure as wide as 96 inches — that’s eight feet — so an 81/2-foot space would leave just three inches on each side of the truck. The F-150 is a bit nar­rower, a lit­tle over 7 feet, so there would be up to 9 inches on each side of the truck.

Ad­vance En­gi­neer­ing & Sur­vey­ing of Latham, which made the pre­sen­ta­tion, also sub­mit­ted a park­ing study and anal­y­sis pre­pared by Colonie Cen­ter to sup­port its pro­posal.

Colonie Cen­ter of­fi­cials and the en­gi­neer­ing firm didn’t re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

But Lacivita said the plan­ning board wants to move “cau­tiously” on the park­ing re­quest.

Lori Van Buren / Times Union

Ve­hi­cles are seen parked in the park­ing lot at Colonie Cen­ter on Thurs­day in Colonie. A de­vel­oper wants to nar­row its park­ing spa­ces to 81⁄2 feet.

Lori Van Buren / times union

Con­struc­tion is un­der­way for the new Star­bucks at Colonie Cen­ter near the cor­ner of Cen­tral Ave. and Wolf rd. on thurs­day, in Colonie. the de­vel­oper of Star­bucks wants to nar­row its park­ing spa­ces to 81⁄2 feet wide from 9 feet.

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