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Ridgewood Parking Garage Petition Could Force Vote

The petition received over 1,200 signatures
The petition received over 1,200 signatures Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dana Glazer

RIDGEWOOD, N.J.– A petition objecting to the size of a proposed Ridgewood parking garage on Hudson Street received 1,227 signatures, resident Dana Glazer told Daily Voice.

On Tuesday, officials repealed the ordinance authorizing a partnership with the Bergen County Improvement Authority to construct the multi-level parking deck,. 

This comes after the Village Council unanimously approved bonding $11.5 million towards the project.

At the March meeting, most citizens spoke in favor of the proposed four-story, five-level structure, while some said it's too big.

"We definitely need more than one garage," said Lorraine Reynolds, who also led a petition drive against a proposal to have the Bergen County Improvement Authority build the facility and lease it back to the village. "I think more than three levels in that location is going to be too overpowering."

"If the signatures are certified by the Village Clerk, then the petitioners will have forced us to hold a special election in June at a cost of about $45,000," Mayor Paul Aronsohn told Daily Voice. 

The council must repeal the ordinance or a special election would occur 40 to 60 days after certification, Aronsohn added. . 

The petition will put funding on hold and allow the five council members to talk compromise, according to Reynolds. 

"If it's agreed to lowering it one story to three stories, four levels, the petition will be withdrawn," she added, "and we move forward immediately with a three-story, four-level parking garage funded in house."

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