Posted on

Reader says , “The garage loses about a million dollars a year for the life of the garage. Rate increases everywhere are not up for debate”

math-teen-banner

The garage loses about a million dollars a year for the life of the garage. Rate increases everywhere are not up for debate- they are the only way to come close to paying for the garage. Wait until the math wizards who voted ‘yes’ see that the garage rate will have to be lower than the street rate just to spur demand for the garage. This is just the start of the self imposed retail implosion from liberals, wait until they get the minimum wage hikes they want. What do you think $15/hr does to the CBD where the stores are tiny and the required revenue per square foot is already sky high to pay the rent? A rent that the village council wants to nearly double which was the whole reason to build the garage, increase the tax haul from the CBD. Only the ‘no’ voters did the math.

Posted on

Reader says , “Meter rates will be too high, the majority of retail businesses in town will suffer “

parkmobile_meter

Everyone should be focused on the rates required in the future to pay the debt service on the garage. Meter rates will be too high, the majority of retail businesses in town will suffer only a few nearby restaurants will benefit. A pending fiscal disaster, being backstopped by residents.
The 2-1 YES vote did not sufficiently outline the costs of the garage. The NO voters likely considered the costs. The majority of the YES voters thought it was “free”, of would be totally self sustaining.

Posted on

Mayor Contradicks Ridgewood News ,”Parking Rate Hike” Story

parking garage cbd

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood ran a story titled “Ridgewood Council considers parking rate hikes to finance garage, as plans get a face-lift” , in the article the News claimed that , ” As plans for the Hudson Street parking garage received a face-lift, the village is considering additional parking rate increases in the downtown to finance its construction and operation ”

Continue reading Mayor Contradicks Ridgewood News ,”Parking Rate Hike” Story

Posted on

Reader says , “The restoration of a house (maybe not even historical) which is a piece of junk is not merely a joke, it’s a crying shame”

Schedler Property in Ridgewood

The restoration of a house (maybe not even historical) which is a piece of junk is not merely a joke, it’s a crying shame. Have the voters in Ridgewood been offered any place to express their desire not to have this forced down their throat? It could even have been on yesterdays ballot but that might have revealed that barely anyone in Ridgewood wants this. Where is the proposed funding grant? Still lost in someone’s mind? What are we going to use it for? It’s not in “a desirable location” according to realtors about the surrounding development. West Saddle River Road is such a narrow street that it cannot be striped into 2 halves. Cars ARE going to park on the street. That will immobilize all traffic going there. How did this get authorized without the village having a say in the useless expenditure of even more money and lack of thoughtful preparation?

Posted on

Reader says , ” Our downtown businesses needed to modernize with the times and appreciate the market forces around them in order to save themselves”

file photo by Boyd Loving

But, but, but . . . didn’t we need more parking becuase there is no where to park and shop in the downtown??
Face it, the regimes of Aronson / Pucciarelli and Knudsen / Hache sold off our downtown to developers. The costs of an overcrowded downtown, the needs for improvements for the hundreds of new families, the needs for more school rooms and teachers, more police and fire fighters, etc. etc., are all being placed on the backs of the taxpayers by these politicians.
We didn’t need parking and hundreds of apartments to “save” our downtown. Our downtown businesses needed to modernize with the times and appreciate the market forces around them in order to save themselves.
Our council needed to take a firm stance in the courts, with the legislature and in all other ways possible against overdevelopment and the destruction of schools, our property values and other attributes. Instead, they chose to pander to a few special interests, tear down paradise and put up a parking lot and leave us all with the tax bill.

Posted on

Your Authorization and Parking Have Never Been Simpler

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood  NJ, Authorizing access to your parking spaces or into your entire complex has traditionally been a complicated matter. Further, making sure that everyone who is granted access has a place to park and can move around efficiently has commonly carried some snags. The good news about that is the process has become far simpler, thanks to new technologies offered by Nortech.

Continue reading Your Authorization and Parking Have Never Been Simpler

Posted on

Readers ask ,” What part of this equation don’t you understand? “

parkmobile_meter (1)

What part of this equation don’t you understand?
Employees are not parking any further away. The empty spots are a direct result of the increased meter rates. any merchant in town can tell you how bad the numbers are of late. We understand that the social gadflys are aghast at the sight of a parking garage and the above article tries to float the issue without directly addressing it. Cute. Boneheaded move for the village as usual as they simply drove all the customers away. Lots of options out there and Downtown Ridgewood is not one of them.

The merchants I’ve spoken with in the Broad Street area have said business is off since the kiosks came in. In my experience, I see drivers u-turning all over the place into and out of spots – in front of cops, to boot. Safety has dropped below meter revenue & leaf fines in priorities of the VH and police department.

Posted on

Higher Meter Rates Solve Ridgewood’s Central Business District Parking Issues

file photo by Boyd Loving

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, it looks like the Village Council has solved the parking problems in the Central Business District once and for all .  Since the new meter rates went into effect and the Ridgewood Police became more active in ticketing repeat parkers and employees taking up street parking , parking spots now abound .

Several recent trips to the Central Business District we have noticed plenty of parking even on Chestnut street a notoriously difficult street to park .

One reader suggests that perhaps some employees are parking father away searching for free parking or finally using the employee parking .

Employee parking has been a major point of contention  during all the attempts to solve the parking problems .

Continue reading Higher Meter Rates Solve Ridgewood’s Central Business District Parking Issues

Posted on

Ridgewood Police Report Fight Over Parking Space in the Central Business District

CBD_theridgewoodblog

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that patrol units responded to the area of 47 East Ridgewood Avenue on October 17th on a report of a verbal dispute. Upon arrival, a person reported he was harassed and assaulted by a male party over a parking space. The male identified as the actor reportedly made harassing statements and assaulted the victim by spitting in his face. The victim did not wish to pursue criminal complaints at this time.