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Reader states yet another infamous blunder on the part of a previous Village Council (perhaps the BIGGEST of all)

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And yet another infamous blunder on the part of a previous Village Council (perhaps the BIGGEST of all):
In conjunction with the conversion to high level platforms at Ridgewood’s train station, NJ Transit initially offered to build a LARGE parking garage (not just a single level deck) AT NO COST TO THE VILLAGE. The site selected by NJ Transit was the Ken Smith property.
The sitting Village Council back then balked at the idea. The owners of Ken Smith Lincoln Mercury had no interest in selling their property and the Village Council did not want to use eminent domain and be known as the Council that forced Ken Smith out of business.
As you know, Ken Smith was subsequently forced out of business when Ford Motor pulled their franchise and the property is now being developed as mixed use retail and high density housing.
COUNCILS NEVER LISTEN TO REASON. IT’S A FACT JACK.

10 thoughts on “Reader states yet another infamous blunder on the part of a previous Village Council (perhaps the BIGGEST of all)

  1. They always fail to listen when the stakes ate the highest levels.

  2. Can’t the current council ask NJ transit to chip in to fund the garage?
    Everyone should be contributing towards the cost – the chamber of commerce, the guild, the developers of high density and NJ transit. Those are the main parties going to benefit from it.

  3. And I believe NJ Transit would have required allowing “out-of-towners” parking.

  4. Can you say shit storm we all can.

  5. I think at that time ken smith was a successful dealer. Eminent domain proceedings would have lined many a lawyers pockets at that time. I always wondered what happened to the Peugeot sign. They should have landmarked it.

  6. Ken Smith could have relocated to 17 which is where Ford wanted him to be.

  7. Come on this is all about Dirty politics and people to make a lot of money

  8. Interesting this comes out now, limited people knew about this. It is correct that out of town commuters were going to be able to park in the garage.Check your dates, they are incorrect. You have the wrong council. Also the bus station could have been moved at the same time. The plan worked!

  9. 11:51, yes, I believe that was an important roadblock. But what a loss to have had the chance to use that site. Not to mention the old Exxon property between MacMurphy’s and Whole Foods, from which you can walk to the train without crossing a single street. Sigh.

  10. construction jobs are on the rise again these days because the recession is almost over,

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