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Reader says ,”There’s plenty of parking . . . on select days . . . during summer . . . or school vacations when many commuters are out-of-town on vacation”

“There’s plenty of parking . . . on select days . . . during summer . . . or school vacations when many commuters are out-of-town on vacation with their families. During the ordinary work week during the regular year, the parking lots are typically filled to capacity by an early hour of the morning. Anyone claiming otherwise is being hugely disingenuous or deliberately deceitful.

We need a real parking garage. Unfortunately, efforts to protect the economic well being of merchants and commuters was undermined by head-in-the-sand individuals incapable or unwilling to acknowledge that their personal interests and needs were not indicative of the greater good of the community. As a result, we have a limited solution that may create as many problems as it solves. And in the interim, an utter lack of contingency planning leaves commuters utterly without recourse or remedy.

But we can all take pride in the fact that the parking garage is not going to be taller than the circa-1914 buildings in the vicinity. And as folks gradually shift their focus to Ho Ho Kus, Glen Rock, or other neighboring towns to buy homes, show, and dine, maybe the folks who fought so passionately against protecting our future will find themselves with homes whose values have plummeted. Of course, since most of these folks bought those homes 20 or more years ago, or longer, they’ll still recover what they paid. It’s just the rest of us who will be utterly screwed in both the short and long term.”

13 thoughts on “Reader says ,”There’s plenty of parking . . . on select days . . . during summer . . . or school vacations when many commuters are out-of-town on vacation”

  1. Love it

  2. As has been noted, parking has been an issue since the 1960’s…and yet the downtown thrived. Yes the garage is going up, the die is cast. Let see how it works out. Other than commuter parking, my guess is that it will be a silent tomb in the evening and on weekends. If that prediction proves right, the development crowd will find another project to support their commercial interests.

  3. Because of the proximity to the train, an inappropriate, too-small space was chosen for the garage. It will be out of place and too far from most of the downtown to be of use except to commuters being hit by cars as they dash across Broad St. to run under the train tracks.

    The place for a garage is now and always has been the abandoned and far more central Town Garage. An inability to coerce the owner into soil remediation has left it derelict and useless in an otherwise overbuilt area in desperate need of additional parking. Even the apartment builders might have been strong-armed into doing this for a garage for their tenants if the Planning Board had thought of it as a quid pro quo for getting far more than they ever expected simply because they asked for more than that, Trump style. It worked and Ridgewood will pay, pay, pay forever.

  4. There is always parking. Always. Maybe not a ton. But always.

  5. I can ALWAYS find parking.
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    The OP is just peddling more garage propoganda.
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    I wonder… why the need to keep propogandizing the need for a garage when it is already a done deal?
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    Perhaps becase deep down they know its a folly and a waste but want to convince themselves and others that it is not ???
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  6. I’ve always found parking as well, utilizing the existing lots. I agree the Town Garage property should have been where a garage was built. That property is a mess.

  7. “I agree the Town Garage property should have been where a garage was built. ” Right. Buy the property. Take of the tax rolls. Remediate the soil. Build a garage. Spend all that money because you think it look like a mess.

  8. The underground plume at the old Town Garage needs to be remediate day a cost of millions. Why put taxpayers on the hook for that? Force the scum parasite lawyers who bought the property thinking they could flip it for a quick buck to Knudsen’s spend happy VC to pay for it… not taxpayers! This Village Council has had ample opportunities to stop garagezilla. They declined every time. Why?

  9. They should seize,raise and Surface CAP THE TOWN GARAGE..SEND THE Bill to speculators who will just roll over and bankrupt that sham LLC

  10. The place for a garage is now and always has been the abandoned and far more central Town Garage. An inability to coerce the owner into soil remediation has left it derelict and useless in an otherwise overbuilt area in desperate need of additional parking.

    They should seize,raise and Surface CAP THE TOWN GARAGE..SEND THE Bill to speculators who will just roll over and bankrupt that sham LLC.

    Who are the principals involved in this LLC? It needs to be sorted out by Environmental Agencies – of course – maybe that is what the LLC is hoping for to get them off the hook and have taxapayers pay for the remediation. The speculators need to be publicly shamed into action – not upstanding citizens in any way! Land speculation is a huge gamble and sometimes you lose.

  11. Next this Council will install permanent rainbow 🌈 crosswalks to their garage, to their new Ridgewood Water HQ in the CBD (after a $5mn total outlay on the Elks building), to their old Town Garage with its contaminated underground plume, and to their beloved Schedler…

  12. Maybe the Council thinks they can distract out attention away from the third world roads and parking pads which need to be resurfaced?

  13. Roads local and county are basically
    Dog Food with black and silver paint
    Scuff marks

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