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Kings Plaza bigwigs slapped with more violations for illegally storing hundreds of cars in garage

Where there's smoke: The city issued the owners of Kings Plaza a second violation in four months for illegally storing vehicles in the mall's garage, which an arsonist set on fire last September.
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City inspectors again slapped the owner of Kings Plaza Shopping Center with violations for illegally storing cars in its parking garage, just four months after issuing another fine for the same offense.

The Friday violations came after agency officials found about 500 cars without license plates or registration stickers parked on the fourth and fifth floors of the garage — roughly 50 more vehicles than they found during their inspection last October, which followed an alleged arson attack that injured 21 people and destroyed more than a hundred cars the month before.

The parking garage’s certificate of occupancy only allows for “accessory parking” for the mall — meaning spots for shoppers and mall employees, but not for vehicle storage. The mall’s owner, Brooklyn Kings Plaza LLC, could face a maximum fine of $25,000 for the repeat offense, according to a Department of Buildings spokesman, who asked not to be named because the fines are determined by a separate city agency, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.

In October, the trials office served the Kings Plaza owner with a $1,250 fine in for leasing the parking spaces out to local car dealerships.

A hearing for that charge would have taken place on Dec. 31, 2018, but a rep for the mall’s owner asked to reschedule the event to April 1 of this year, which the office granted, according to its spokeswoman Marisa Senigo.

And Kings Plaza honchos aren’t the only ones illegally storing
cars in the area.

City inspectors on Friday issued a similar violation to the owner of a parking lot outside the former Toys “R” Us store on Flatbush Avenue near the Belt Parkway — just down the road from Kings Plaza — for storing 50 cars without license plates or registration stickers.

The owner of that property, Long Island-based company MMC Brooklyn LLC, could face a fine of up to $6,250 for illegal storage of the cars inside of a commercial zoning district, according to the Buildings Department spokesman.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@schnepsmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 9:25 am, February 13, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Rip from Marine Park says:
what about the new fees for parking
Feb. 12, 6:46 am
Boris from Borough Park says:
Another example of what’s wrong with this city. A huge fine for parking cars, in a parking lot. There is no practical difference between transient parking for shoppers and longer term parking for dealer cars. And the lunatic who set the dealership cars on fire could have chosen shopper’s cars as his target.
Feb. 12, 9:23 am
Hit em Harder from Brooklyn says:
It's not a matter of how you interpret parking, it's a matter of zoning. So if it doesn't conform to zoning, it shouldn't be happening. That's why we have zoning, it like "there's a place for everything and everything in its place". Everyone cannot willy-nilly just do what they want wherever they want. These guys should not only be fined for knowingly violating code, but should be forced to turn over all the monies collected in doing so; as should all zoning code violators. If you collect it illegally, you should not be allowed to keep a nickel of it. No different than a thief - they don't get to keep what they get illegally so why should these landlords. Airbnb, illegal units in single family homes, illegal apt in industrial building, etc, take the money they collect illegally and it will stop.
Feb. 12, 10:58 am
Midge from Mill Basin says:
Kings Plaza has gone downhill since they don't have Eddie Arcaro's, Zum Zum, La Crepe, Cooky's, Bun 'n' Burger, and other fine dining establishments from 1970 anymore.
Feb. 12, 11:23 am
bike from nyc says:
Every time a car goes up in flames, an angel gets their wings.
Feb. 12, 12:59 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
When it's more cost effective to just pay the fines and keep doing what you're doing, fines just become bribes with a different name tag. Once a certain number of violations are reached, the City should take possession of the property through eminent domain or civil forfeiture (they seem to have no problem doing that to law abiding citizens).
Feb. 12, 11:01 pm
Bruno from Bensonhurst says:
The only practical difference is that shoppers that go there have no parking because of the long term storage of other vehicles. Secondly because of the size of kings plaza they are REQUIRED to provide a certain amount of temporary parking.
Feb. 13, 8:56 am
Bob from BathBeach says:
I don't know anyone that steps foot near Kings Plaza and their out of control parking fee's.
Feb. 16, 1:05 pm

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