City Council candidate and local realtor Jason L. Mehler issued a news release attacking the Sustainable Playland Inc. plan and saying it will send 1,878 people looking for parking outside Playland gates in residential neighborhoods during peak times.
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Here is the Mehler missive:
Rye City Council Candidate Jason L. Mehler speaks out against the SPI plan along with more than a dozen concerned Rye City residents.
My position on Sustainable Playland Inc. (SPI) – The plan has many positive features but I am completely against the 95,000 sq ft field house and I DO NOT SUPPORT THE PLAN as it currently stands. I do not agree that having such a large structure adjacent to a residential neighborhood in Rye is beneficial in any way to the residents of Rye.
A Playland parking lot car space inventory was undertaken to assess the total lost spaces which will be removed if the (2) artificial regulation soccer fields and 95,000 sq. ft. Sports Field House are built.
The count was factored on Sustainable Playland's Field Zone Project orientation rendering.
The total number is 939 car parking (handicap and regular) spaces lost.
939 spaces exceeds Rye's Central Business district parking lot capacity.
Assume the average visiting car occupancy is (2) people 1878 people will be looking to park outside the Park's borders if the remaining large lot is at capacity.