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Latest details released from the Village of Ridgewood on the proposed parking garage on Hudson Street

Hudson Street Garage bogus renderings

photo by Saurabh Dani

March 2,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Get up to speed on the latest details released from the Village on the proposed parking garage on Hudson Street.


These drawings represent the site plan, floor plan & building sections for the revised design of the Deck at Hudson Street.  This Deck design was first considered in October 2015.  There will be 325 parking spots.  The height to the roof is approx. 43′ and 46′ 8″ to the parapet. Click Here for Drawings


Hudson Street Parking Deck (without Promenade/325 spaces) – Revised February 4, 2016

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BCIA Ridgewood Parking Financial Summary

This document produced by BCIA Professionals contrasts BCIA County Guaranteed Financing with Village of Ridgewood Stand Alone Financing for debt associated with the Parking Deck Project.  Please note that the estimated differential between the two scenarios has changed since last week, due to changes in BCIA issuance costs amended by the BCIA on Friday, January 29, 2016.  Now, there is an estimated differential of $22,248 which averages less than $900 per year. Click Here for the document.

Walker Analysis for 325 Car Garage – Revised

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Proposed Parking Garage falls far Short for Ridgewood Central Business District

hudson parking garage

“File photo by Boyd Loving”

October 8,2015

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Ridgewood NJ, Did you watch the UStream from the Village Council meeting last night about the parking garage?

The plan is one of the most bizarre I’ve ever heard of.

Here’s why:

1) No net gain of spaces due to loss of at least 1, if not more private lots because of high density housing (Brogan), and the loss of 17 on street spaces on Hudson Street (Mt. Carmel church goers get screwed, as we expected they would).

2) Garage must be full, yes full, in order for it to pay for itself.  They will fill with commuters during day, including out of towners.  They will also push all valeted cars into lot at night.   Expect them to change zoning to prohibit valeted cars from being parked on private property.  Also expect them to push all employee parking (now at Ken Smith) into lot.  In short, there will be no room in lot for shoppers/restaurant users during the day.

3)  On street metered parking will soon begin at 9AM and end at 9PM.  “Premium” on street spots will now cost $1.00 per hour and escalate each year.  Rates in surface lots will also increase at the rate of 25 cents per year beginning at 75 cents per hour.  Expect parking charges to be incurred on Sundays if money is tight.

4)  No mention whatsoever of how much it will cost to park in the garage, but there was talk about making it a 24/7 pay to park facility.

5) Enforcement will escalate to bring in more revenue.  More parking enforcement agents?

6) No answer provided to the question of whether parking utility revenues now allocated to fund Village operations will need to be funneled to pay for the garage, leaving tax payers the burden of replacing the funds – increased property taxes maybe?

7) After hearing all of this, Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck had nothing to say other than “I’m all about aesthetics,” at which point she then proceeded to lambaste the garage design firm about the exterior appearance of the facility.  Can you believe that one?

In short, this entire parking garage will be the biggest boondoggle Village taxpayers will experience in decades, if not the last century.


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Firm details design of proposed parking garage in Ridgewood



The eighth Central Business District forum was held on Wednesday night with an emphasis on parking and concepts for a potential garage to be built at the Hudson Street lot.

The Village Council recently selected Desman Design Management to design a multi-level parking deck and present architectural renderings for a public review by residents and the governing body.

Desman will be working with S&L Architectural studio, which Desman Executive Vice President Tim Tracy said would help develop the “bones” of the garage, along with the aesthetics. Desman will also be working with Maser Consulting to assist with the site engineering and traffic studies. Tracy said Maser has previously been engaged with the village and is familiar with traffic flow and patterns.

Ideally, Tracy said, the new garage would bring a net increase of at least 300 spaces, giving the deck approximately 350-400 spaces in its final configuration.

The width of the Hudson Street lot is not ideal for a parking garage lot, but Desman is looking at other opportunities to “borrow” from existing infrastructure, such as building a cantilever over the sidewalk, to expand the footprint of the site. Although such a proposal could mean losing the on-street parking available on Hudson Street, it could potentially bump the total number of parking spots available even higher.

“We have a site that is somewhat geometrically challenged,” said Tracy. “We have properties adjoining three sides of this property and we need to respect those properties. Some of those properties rely on this current parking lot for access and egress and service vehicles. All of that will be considered.”