"As Streetsblog previously reported, to get a special permit, the developers need to show that there isn't enough parking in the area to meet the demand generated by the project. In the Village, that's just not the case. 'When the residential units are expected to be built there will be 740 available overnight spaces and 154 available weekday midday spaces within a quarter mile radius of the site,' wrote MAS in testimony submitted to the City Planning Commission [PDF]. "This is more than enough spaces to accommodate the 137 cars that the applicant is estimating will result from the addition of 450 new housing units."
Rudin attempted to claim that many of those available spaces shouldn't count, since they're meant to be used only by the residents of the buildings they're attached to, but Streetsblog and MAS each scouted the area and found that almost all of the nearby garages allow non-residents to park."