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The Time is Now for Post-Pandemic Planning in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Tony Loving made some interesting comments in the It takes a Ridgewood Village Facebook group, “During an April 22nd Village Council discussion about allocating spaces in the new Hudson Street parking garage, not a single Council member mentioned the potential long term impact COVID-19 may have on the demand for parking spaces throughout the Village’s Central Business District and at the train station. Whether we like to admit it or not, demand for parking spaces in Ridgewood may never be anything like it was pre-pandemic. Many Village residents may be working from home permanently, or commuting to their NYC offices very infrequently. Demand for parking by shoppers and diners, particularly diners, may never reach pre-pandemic levels. Village Council members need to immediately revisit their plan for the allocation of parking spaces, and make revisions based upon current events. Allocation proposals developed in the garage’s pre-construction phase should be thrown out of the window at this point in time. Unfortunately, when the dust settles, there may be an excess number of parking spaces. If that’s the case, consideration should be given to re-purposing one or more surface parking lots.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that the coronavirus has created a “new normal” for the state that’s likely to continue long after businesses are allowed to reopen.“The notion that we’re going to go back to some sort of, let’s just turn the clock back to three months ago, I just don’t see it,” Murphy said during his daily briefing in Trenton. “People talk about a new normal and I think that’s a reality.”

The time is now for post- pandemic planning  and the “Demand for parking by shoppers and diners, particularly diners, may never reach pre-pandemic levels”   and he went on “Many Village residents may be working from home permanently, or commuting to their NYC offices very infrequently.”

Couple that with the not to pretty post pandemic reality that 1 out of every 3 restaurants will be out of business and probably the same ratio for small business .

Once again back to Mr Loving, “Unfortunately, when the dust settles, there may be an excess number of parking spaces. If that’s the case, consideration should be given to re-purposing one or more surface parking lots.”

14 thoughts on “The Time is Now for Post-Pandemic Planning in Ridgewood

  1. Complete blather.
    Neither Loving or Murphy knows what “ the new reality” is going to look like. That’s why the council didn’t address it…what’s there to talk about? Repurposing ? Into what?
    The social gadfly has spoken and as usual will be ignored.

  2. What we do know is that the new reality isn’t going to look anything like the old reality. The Council was discussing the old reality. That is what Mr. Loving pointed out; a waste of time discussing what isn’t going to be.

  3. it will be a homeless shelter either way

  4. Very good points. Boyd Loving is always bringing up good points. That is why Voigt and Halaby dislike him. Smart people are always discredited by the idiots who cannot keep up with them.

  5. The garage was never about meeting any parking needs of Ridgewood.
    It was about money…
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    So what has changed?
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  6. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that there will be less cars in the CDB during the post-pandemic era.

  7. It is a very fair point. Personally, I hope that the presence of the garage makes it possible for some national retailers to open in town. In the past, some have been unwilling to open stores in the village because they have formulas they use to analyze available parking spaces. I used The Gap and Williams Sonoma and Joseph A Bank when they were in town. Many of the mid-size retailers want to have some physical presence even if just to facilitate returns, online orders and as a display for their products. I would love to see a return of some of these types of stores to the CBD. A pet store could also be a valuable/successful operation in town.

  8. Of course it is a valid point. And the points you make, Mr. Dellatore, are good ones too

  9. As long as it benefits Knudsen’s family, it can be part of the plan. Otherwise, meh.

  10. We were F-ed with the Garage BEFORE the current hysteria.
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    Now we are beyond F-ed….
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  11. The pandemic pushed along a societal change that was going to happen eventually. The commute to NYC is no longer what it used to be. People are working in the suburbs, shopping on line and doing all sorts fo things differently.
    The garage was never about commuters from Ridgewood needing a place to park. It was all about pandering to the developers building the monstrosities you now see downtown.

  12. There is a pet store in the CBD Brian. It’s down by S. Maple Avenue.

  13. Don’t we already have a pet store right on Ridgewood Ave.? Woof-Gang Bakery???

  14. You people need to wake up immediately. Be careful who you’re voting for mayor and council. Because there’s a dirty playbook and they’re not sharing it with you and I.

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