No-parking at closed fire HQ

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Red alert.

A “No Parking Anytime” sign in front of a shuttered Dean Street fire investigation facility has Cobble Hill residents all hot and bothered.

The crimson station house between Court Street and Boerum Place was closed almost one year ago by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters, which still owns the building.

Neighbors say it’s about time that the city remove the no-parking sign, which they say unfairly bars them from using as many as five much-needed spaces.

“Parking in this neighborhood is an incredible inconvenience and the fact that spaces are being reserved for [safety] officials who no longer work here is absurd,” said Jason Licht, a Cobble Hill resident.

A city official told Licht that the no-parking regulation remained because the facility was “still active,” though a Fire Underwriters spokesperson confirmed this week that the station had indeed closed last year.

On a recent Tuesday, the spaces in front of the double-garaged patrol house were empty. Inside the garage, there were no signs of life.

But change could be coming to the block. After The Brooklyn Paper inquired about the seemingly outdated sign, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation said engineers would “evaluate” whether the reserved parking was still necessary.

He said that it was likely that the sign would be removed if the fire patrol no longer needs it.

Start your engines.

Updated 4:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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