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Confessions of a Village Merchant


Parking is the issue he told the fly, the rents don’t mean anything if you have the traffic and this town needs out of towners to come in and shop in order for the down town to survive, there are just not enough locals shopping. I asked him but do you really think we need a huge garage? Yes if it’s done tastefully and fits into the down town, but I said aren’t you worried about this monster garage will only being used for NJT commuters and not shoppers? Well that could happen but all the down town employees could use the garage for parking .Restaurants employ a lot of people and the garage could get them off street parking and open the streets up for customers. Look there are lots of businesses in town not just retail, restaurants and banks all would benefit if people had easy parking. I don’t have anything against banks and restaurants we just need more parking.

The parking meter money was originally targeted to raise funds to build a garage but then they just pushed it into the general fund.

The village he said should use it efforts to market to stores to get them to move into town but they have to be careful not to make the down town look like any shopping mall.

He said over and over, they should have built the parking when they had a chance in the 1970’s.

Why has there been so many who continue to speak up against the parking garage? Well the Village Hall renovation was a total fiasco and the council has never come clean, the architects, council and the engineers all made a mess of it. The flooding is worse now than ever. This gives them no credibility with any construction projects, people just worry they are going to screw it up.

8 thoughts on “Confessions of a Village Merchant

  1. >Parking garage is still not the answer. A shuttle service is. According to the Parking Study, there is a deficit of around 1000 spaces throughout the CBD, the new garage will only provide an additional 350 – 400 should the village win their eminent domain case against Ken Smith or pay him close to $6 Million for it. This report is from 2002 – the demand has only got worse – resolving half to a third of it will make things better but not optimal for anyone.

    I know it wouldn’t look very good, but stacked parking areas similar to in the city would double parking in the lots around town that provide for commuters long term parking.

  2. >yes we do need the parking lot garage.and for the engineers well that dept needs a person to give them all agood can of asswoopin.and I just the person you know who he is to.yes that guy.

  3. >o, and what about the little rat boy.yea him.hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

  4. >Get rid of the valet parking on Chestnut. build a multilevel garage behind all the buildings

    Build a new garage in the lot across from the P.O. in three stages so as not to stop parking altogether at this location. The gound level could be retail stores.
    Forget the Towne garage 10-20 spaces. Use the money to put in a lower level. Let the new owners eat the property.

    Build another multi level garage behind Town & Country–make one or two levels below grade ( like Vally’s lot)

    Build a multi level lot behind the Bank of america same as the T&C lot.

    Go to Newark, they have a large lot under the park in the center of town. Did anyone think of something like that,, UNDER THE PARK. Make the enter and exit in the lot behind T&C.
    Forget Ken Smith.

  5. >The Military Park Garage in Newark has been there since the 50s. Gets a lot (hah!) of use. Used to play inside of it as a kid. 5:51 has the most cogent solution for the central business district I’ve seen yet. Maybe we should let he or she oversee the constuction.

  6. >I am all for multi garage’s around town. The underground option is more expensive but more practical considering the available lots. Under the park and under T&C is a great idea but probably will never happen. Too much time an money already went into the Ken Smith deal.

    There are plenty of lots to add smaller two and three level lots around town. YMCA, Valley, T&C, Chestnut, Train Station, Turn Sealfons into a 4 level lot, The library, graydon.

    Nothing is going to happen unless there is a united voice, there are too many differing opinions.

  7. >Has anyone approched NJ Trans. about chipping in for the Smith deal. they are the one to benifit most on weekdays.

  8. >I say shut down ridgewood av from maple av to broad st. on sundays and special days and sat nights.sounds good iam going to tell the man.

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