Empty spaces on Oak Street October 24th
Public has “say” on garage plan in Ridgewood
Thursday November 15, 2012, 12:24 PM
BY LAURA HERZOG
The Ridgewood News
A theme emerged among a few more outspoken members of the public who gathered in Village Hall to discuss a plan to build parking garages in the Central Business District (CBD): It may not yet be a perfect proposal, but let’s get on with it.
“I think it’s a great first step. We need cars, we need movement, because right now the town is so dead,” said 42-year resident Rurik Halaby at the public forum on Wednesday night. “You can’t please everyone. Don’t try to please everyone. Use the Village Council and just move.”
“Until we get this rolling, there’s nothing,” agreed It’s Greek to Me owner Paul Vagianos, one of the proposal’s drafters, trying at one point to move the conversation away from a larger discussion about how to more comprehensively improve the CBD.
The proposal, which would add 200 parking spaces to the CBD, includes two new garages built in the North Walnut and Hudson Street lots and a large anchor store on East Ridgewood Avenue.
Now that the preliminary proposal is drafted, moving forward will require a second step, through which the proposal’s proponents will learn whether or not the project can truly be self-funding, as they believe it will be.