Unless more criminals go hunting for spaces, residents of the Sunnyside housing projects have their parking lot back.
Last week, officials said, the Police Department and Department of Parking and Traffic conducted a sweep of the projects and discovered up to 40 vehicles that had been stolen, had expired registration or possibly contained stolen property.
The sweep was conducted in response to complaints from residents, police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said. They were apparently upset that so many seemingly abandoned vehicles were taking up parking spaces.
“They were occupying spaces and didn’t belong in that particular area,” Manfredi said.
The community asked Police Department housing officers for help, Manfredi said, and they teamed up with Parking and Traffic employees to inspect vehicles Thursday. Many of the abandoned vehicles had apparently been parked by criminals who likely were never planning to reclaim them. They were subsequently impounded.
No one was arrested as part of the operation, Manfredi said, adding that the task was simply to address residents’ concerns about parking.
However, investigations are ongoing, he said.
The Sunnyside development, which consists of 767 units and a total of 91 buildings, has 13 paved parking lots, according to The City’s Housing Authority.