Plaza Auto Mall’s expansion plan stirs tension with community

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There are growing tensions between one of Brooklyn's biggest auto groups and its surrounding community over a plan to add dozens of parking spots on the roof of one of its dealerships.

At a hearing last week, Community Board 18 unanimously voted to oppose the Plaza Auto Mall’s request for a permit to add 63 parking spots on its roof.

The issue was first reported in the Brooklyn Paper.

Neighbors fear the elevated structure would tower over their homes. Beyond that, they've had enough with the auto group's expansion which, they say, has congested the area.

The Community Board's opposition to the plan is non-binding. The city Board of Standard and Appeals can take the vote into consideration, but ultimately it will be up to them to greenlight the plan.

News 12 reached out to the lawyer who represents the auto group. He has not yet responded. His office says he's on vacation for the holiday.

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