WHY BOUNDARIES & RULES ARE NECESSARY
For several reasons, boundaries—specifically, the
replacement of posts—are necessary for the parking area adjacent to the Park we
hope to name “Barbara Mikulski Urban
1) When the City of
2) The number one responsibility of the neighborhood
is care of the GREENSPACE/ POCKET PARK, in exchange for the easement permitting
use of the adjacent parking slots by tenants of the Unit block of
3) In the mid-nineties, certain neighbors decided to remove the posts. Though it has been explained that this was necessary because the posts were rotting, it is highly unlikely that all of the posts were rotten, as water seepage happens only from two spots at the Northern end of the block where the posts markings still remain. Instead of replacing the rotting posts, all were removed. Of course, there had never been a budget for the care of the posts nor the park since no formal organization had ever been set up; for this reason, collecting money for the purpose of maintenance had been a problem.
4) The homeowners have now established Unit South Durham Homestead Houses Inc., a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation, for the purpose of maintaining the GREEN-SPACE/PARK.
The only way to ensure funding for the maintenance
6) Since the parking easement is inextricably connected to care of the park and was established for Homestead Houses tenants only, the parking slots are not subdivided lots and should never be used as chattel. The owner of a Unit block home is limited to using a parking slot subject to this easement for vehicles that are legally registered to the related home address—apart from occasional guests. This means no “sub-letting” of parking slots, and no long-term use for vehicles registered to outside addresses.
7) In the case of rental properties, of which there are now three on the block, the landlord is responsible for keeping up his or her share of the organization’s expenses even if the house is vacant for a time. It would defeat the design of the model alley, if investors (or any homeowners) were allowed to rent or allow another tenant to use, for an extended period of time, a space that doesn’t legally belong to them in the first place. (Of course, tenants must be given the benefit of complying with the legal time limit for registering their vehicle to their leased property.)
None of this would be necessary if
there hadn’t been significant parking abuse in the past. THE PARKING EASMENT EXISTS ONLY BECAUSE OF
THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY THAT THE HOMESTEAD TENANTS TAKE CARE OF
“Ward 2, Section 3, Block 1735,