Where Will They Park? - Introduction





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Published on Dec 10, 2012

Introductory video to the parking problems at 1701 to 1707 Concord Pike in Wilmington, Delaware. Visit http://www.wherewilltheypark.com/ for more information.

UPDATE: After you finish this video, watch the second video about "Successors and Assigns" and how the judge got it wrong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ7tq1...

Above is an annotated aerial photo of 1701 - 1707 Concord Pike. There is a 20' State Right of Way (yellow tint) between the edge of Concord Pike and the front property lines of the properties.

The "Triplex" (1701 - 1705 attached but each unit owned by different owners) has a common area in front (orange tint) for "parking and driveway purposes" (per the deeds). There are 7 marked parking spaces shared between the 3 stores and 3 apartments on the second floor.

The second common area is the side driveway and rear area for "driveway purposes" (blue tint). No parking allowed since parked vehicles would prohibit access and turnaround space.

We have overlayed 9' x 18' (code compliant) parking spots on the 1707 survey inset. You can see there absolutely no way to park a car behind the building and that if you try to squeeze two parking spots in front of the 1707 building they don't fit. There is only one UDC compliant parking spot on the 1707 parcel. Four (4) are required for an auto detailing use.

The owners of 1707 claim they have rights to park on the Triplex parking area. That is being contested in court, but in the long run, it doesn't matter.

UDC Section 40.22.611, Subsection F states: "The parking spaces for separate buildings or uses may be combined in a single parking lot, provided that the number of parking spaces in the lot shall be equal to or greater than the sum of the parking spaces required for each building and use."

There are only 7 parking spots for the existing 3 stores and 3 apartments. There aren't enough in total for the six Triplex uses plus a new auto detailing use. The July 27, 2012 Change of Use permit should have never been issued by New Castle County.

Now that the License & Inspection Review Board only has 2 members and below the required quorum. No hearings can be scheduled until there are at least 3 members. Hopefully the new Tom Gordon administration will quickly appoint some new members and County Council will approve them but it could be months before we have a hearing to discuss the merits of this case!



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