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Ridgewood Parking Garage “Plan D ” still fails to fit the Footprint of Hudson Street lot

Hudson Street Garage bogus renderings
file photo by Saurabh Dani
March 9,2016
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Ridgewood NJ , In Mayor’s corner (newsletter) from this week, our mayor writes “This time, the ordinance is for $11.5 million, and our plan is to build a 325-car parking deck that would basically fit within the footprint of the current lot.”

A letter to Editorial published in Friday’s Ridgewood News writes – “The Village Council continues to modify the plans to address certain concerns raised by some, and to create a larger consensus. The latest rendition seems to accomplish that on many levels- even one level less of a deck.”

However both of these statements prove to be incorrect. Plan D does not fit within the lot, it still encroaches out 4-5 feet and is higher than the allowed zoning in that zone. The latest rendition (plan D), doe not reduce one level, it’s still 5 levels, it’s just about 3 feet short of plan A, and that’s achieved by reducing the height of each level by few inches.

To be more specific Plan D does not fit on the footprint of the existing lot. Plan D still goes over the existing lot by 5ft onto the existing sidewalk. The sidewalk will then be moved 4ft into Hudson Street (therefore narrowing the sidewalk by 1ft, and narrowing Hudson street for the length of the garage by 4ft). On January 6th, when the council could not receive the super majority vote it needed to bond in house for Option C (3 stories (approx 38ft high-not including towers), 4 levels of parking, 12 ft beyond the sidewalk and into the street), The mayor agreed to go back to the architect for a plan that fit on the lot. At the January 13th council meeting, the village manager repeated that they were “focusing on the parking garage that fits within the footprint”.

At the January 14th Historic Preservation Commission meeting, the mayor told the HPC as well as the members of the public at that meeting 3 times, “we’ve agreed to make sure it does not encroach upon the street”. At the January 27th council meeting, there were no sketches, drawings, etc, but it was announced that the new plan would go over the existing lot, “not more than 5ft”, and it would be 4 stories and 5 levels of parking (1 story more than Option C from January 6th). When the village manager and Mayor were asked where is the garage that “fits on the footprint”, the reply was, “this is close”. Yes, Option D is less than 12ft into the street, but it’s still not “on the lot”, and now it’s a story higher than Option C.

9 thoughts on “Ridgewood Parking Garage “Plan D ” still fails to fit the Footprint of Hudson Street lot

  1. this building is an eyesore – 2 or 3 floors is plenty! why can’t they use that giant lot by 15 Franklin Ave by the train overpass? that is at least out of the way and still a great spot

  2. “would basically fit “

  3. This is “basically” the same height garage the public objected to in January, why is the VC going against that feedback that it then agreed with? Should 3 lame ducks, now accountable to no voter or taxpayer, be allowed to change the master plan and build a garage like this one? So clear and loud was the feedback about the height, the mayor agreed it was too high and endorsed a lower height. Drawing the width of the garage back out of the street isn’t a compromise, it is common sense and in line with the ballot language. Now, put the height where it belongs, at least one level lower.

  4. don’t you get it.. the mayor and the two other amigos don’t care what you think. the mayor has his own political agenda and has made promises to his restaurant buddies

  5. On Facebook, Tim seems to be the front man for social media questions.

    He responde to facts with “that’s your opinion “. He is not well versed in the issue but he responds none the less. He even believes that the vote in the fall was for a specific garage.

    Payback to Paul for letting him play at his election parties. Now the restaurant businesses have a straw man and a “hit” (anger management) man.

  6. We “basically” followed rules when dealing with the open space grant for schedler.
    We “basically” followed rules when dealing with the open space grant for Habernickel Park.
    We “basically” released the maser report to the residents.
    Susan “basically” worked on the design of the garage to come up with plan D.
    We “basically” provided the revised fee structure to the residents for the street parking, which will “basically” cover the cost of the garage.
    We can “basically” limit the number of commuters in the lot.
    “basically” the commuters from Midland Park are not foreigners.
    “basically” we had same parking rates for out of town commuters until two years ago, and then we increased the price, when we had parking shortage. We are “basically” going to create that same shortage again by opening the garage to out of town residents.

  7. I’m going before the Zoning Board of Adjustment to tell them that I plan to make additions to my house that will “basically” fit within the ordinances and building guidelines, and by the way, my new Great Room will occupy part of my street. I’m sure no one will mind.

  8. I agree with 804 – – i’ve got 5 bedrooms and 5 baths and my children have moved out. I want to sub-divide so that we can have a more diverse housing stock in town. Think of all the benefits if we started to allow 2 to 4 family homes through out the Village. Seniors could cluster together instead of having to move out of town. We could bring in young people who want to live in Ridgewood and commute to NYC and spend money shopping downtown all weekend long. We could create a paradise now that Mayor Airbag and his two cronies have started to roll back these silly restrictions put in place so many years ago.

  9. Good luck to all those who want to destroy this village!!!

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