By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Quik Park, which operates the parking garages in STPCV, recently announced that customers would face a fee unless they enrolled in the online payment plan that automatically charges the monthly bill to a credit card or bank account, but according to Councilmember Dan Garodnick, his office has learned that this new policy will not be implemented.
Garodnick had sent a letter to StuyTown general manager Rick Hayduk and Quik Park CEO Rafael Llopiz last Wednesday regarding the new proposed policy, arguing that online payment would adversely affect the high senior population in STPCV. Garodnick also noted that concerns about the proposed policy were especially high given that Quik Park had also increased its rates earlier this year.
Llopiz did not respond to a request for comment on the policy.
In his letter, Garodnick said, “As you know, Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village has a large and vibrant senior population, many of whom do not use computers, and I am certain that this new policy will adversely affect them. Offering an online payment mechanism is extremely useful for some garage users; for others, it is simply not an option.”
A spokesperson for StuyTown Property Services said management was not aware of the policy before tenants were notified via letters.
“As soon as we were made aware, we contacted QuikPark/Icon Parking asking them to not apply this policy, which they were implementing at other garages they manage, at our parking garages,” said the rep, Marynia Kruk. “They agreed. QP/I has also agreed to inform all monthly customers of future price increases at least 30 days in advance.”