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Ridgewood to designate funds for design, engineering of parking garages


JUNE 11, 2015    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015, 3:15 PM

As the concept of a new parking deck edges closer to becoming a reality, the Village Council has introduced a bond ordinance in the amount of $500,000 for pre-construction activities.

The ordinance was introduced unanimously on Wednesday night and designates money for the design and engineering phases of the project, which would follow a decision on the type of parking deck to be built. Two weeks ago, the village hired Walker Parking Consultants to perform a study of the Hudson Street lot to issue a report which will assist officials in making that determination.

Last week, council members discussed the bond for pre-construction costs and laid out an ideal timeline for completion of such activities, and a potential non-binding referendum in November for a garage on Hudson Street.

Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld said the $500,000 figure was based on the approximately $467,000 spent by Millburn on design and engineering when it constructed a downtown parking deck a few years ago, along with the financing costs for the bond issue and the contract amount for Walker Parking Consultants.

If all goes according to plan, the village will have the results of the traditional versus automated parking deck study by the end of June or early July, said Sonenfeld. The council would then be able to decide what type of garage will be built and a request for proposal (RFP) can be advertised. With a design in hand by October or November, the construction can be bid and shovels would be in the ground after the winter thaw in 2016.

9 thoughts on “Ridgewood to designate funds for design, engineering of parking garages

  1. so its a done deal…

  2. So we’re spending more than Millburn to get their report with about ten pages changed. Nice work if you can get it

  3. A blank check to do whatever the Council wants. What will be the cost of this bond at its payment end. Oh that right the 3 Amigos and their supporters will not be here.

  4. $500 K for Pre-Construction?
    what a joke!
    the people of Ridgewood are getting hosed and not a one cares…

  5. How can you have a RFP for something to be built ?? If there is one where is it. It’s confusion allocation of money.

  6. Here are the result of the study, for free. The downtown business district doesn’t have enough parking. Build a garage. Land and construction are expensive, the village can’t afford it. Don’t build a garage. The parking meters aren’t providing the revenues that everyone says they will, even without theft. $500,000 down the drain with the bond being paid for years and the parking problem still won’t have a solution. The Three Amigos are un-seated in the next election and it becomes the next mayor and council’s problem. End of story.

  7. Can the facility have some rental spaces for Offices, business men, Bed and board rooms for short term.
    A small hotel still needed and more.

  8. WOW stay out of the heat Dom its really affecting you.

  9. Another study and a referendum huh? Here’s to hoping that we get a study on the demand and impact with regard to multi-family housing and a referendum on the ballot…

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