Saratoga will not be seeing a new parking garage anytime soon. A judge has just ruled that a lawsuit challenging the proposed parking garage at the Saratoga Springs City Center will move forward.
The lawsuit is in regards to the City Council’s vote to lease the garage. According to Supreme Court Judge Robert Chauvin, the City Center needed to achieve two things to move forward with the lease: the supermajority vote and the mayor’s support. The City Center achieved neither.
The City Council’s vote in favor of the parking garage was 3 to 2, when it needed to be 4 to 1. Also, Mayor Joanne Yepsen has publicly opposed the lease: “We’ll continue to fight it and protect and defend the city,” Yepsen told WNYT.
The City Center had requested the lawsuit be dismissed – this request has been denied and the fight will go on.
The lawsuit was brought about in May of 2016 by the owners of The Mouzon House and it’s actually the second lawsuit raised by owners David and Diane Pedinotti. The first lawsuit concerns the City Council’s vote to amend the solar access ordinance.
The multi-level parking garage that would be built on High Rock Avenue would literally cast a shadow on the restaurant’s solar panels on their roof on York Street, according to the Pedinottis; it would also effectively close off their business to the prospering downtown Saratoga area. This first lawsuit came about in October of 2015 and is still pending.
Many others have voiced their concerns over the parking garage. In addition to the hardship it could cause for The Mouzon House, a property that has been around since 1883, the garage’s annual losses could be substantial when considering operating costs and debt.
Others believe the parking garage should be part of a mixed-use project including residential units and commercial businesses in addition to parking – the city has received proposals for such a project from developers.
With one lawsuit moving forward and the other suit pending, Saratoga residents may need to look elsewhere in the meantime for parking options.
- Daily Gazette: Judge clears way for Spa City parking garage suit
- WNYT: Another roadblock for Saratoga Springs parking garage project