Deputy Mayor Al Pucciarell urges sale of fleet services building
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Ridgewood’s fleet services building should be sold because it is outdated and inefficient, according to Deputy Mayor Al Pucciarelli.
Pucciarelli told the council that revenue generated from the sale of the 2-acre plot could fund construction of a new facility.
Ridgewood’s 50-plus vehicles are regularly serviced at the Chestnut Street building.
“It seems to me the building isn’t efficient for the number and wide variety of vehicles it services,” Pucciarelli said at Wednesday’s meeting, noting trusses in the ceiling restrict larger vehicles from being put on a lift.
The deputy mayor said ice builds up and falls from the roof, creating a hazard for workers. Furthermore, the lack of back-door bays constricts vehicle flow, he said.
“Maintenance is often being done outside the facility,” Pucciarelli said. “The building wasn’t designed for what we use it for.”
Pucciarelli said recent interest by developers in that part of town indicates that it may be the right time to sell. Two applications pending before the Planning Board seek variances to permit the redevelopment of a pair of properties on Chestnut Street for mixed-use housing.
The village could replace the “clumsy” building, he said, “with something that would be more efficient,” He said he has sites in mind for a new fleet facility.