What Should Replace the Central Garage?

With housing developments potentially shooting up all around it, the council is wondering if it's worth keeping a structurally-unsound garage at Chestnut Street.

Ridgewood officials are in the early process to explore whether maintaining a repair garage on the fringes of the downtown is a wise investment.

Spurred because of a $40,000 purchase order for a hydraulic lift, the village will be examining whether they should find another property in town to perform the work or even outsource the service entirely.

According to Deputy Mayor Albert Pucciarelli, the Central Garage blights the Chestnut Street neighborhood, one that is seeing a potential development boom.

"The property could be in a new downtown development area," the deputy mayor remarked at a recent council meeting.

Steps from the garage, a developer sees a 62-unit residential housing complex – Chestnut Village – improving the area.

There are also plans to add a mixed-use complex at the former site of Ken Smith Ford. The developers of that project are eyeing a five-story building with 114 units and an adjoining 10,000 square foot retail building.

The neighborhood already has the YMCA and West Bergen Mental Health, along with some industrial uses like repair shops.

The garage, according to Pucciarelli, is in badly need of repairs, some structural.

If the building is deleterious to the neighborhood and could also provide the village some revenue in a sale while the services are relocated, it's worthwhile to see other options, he reasoned.

The council will likely be discussing a facilities plan, including what to do with the garage, sometime over the winter.

What do you think? Would you like to see another housing development? Something different? Keep the Central Garage where it is?

Add your thoughts in the comments below.

jp1 November 13, 2012 at 08:22 PM
How about a sports field?
Donald Henke November 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Indoor tennis?
Stephanie in GR November 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Some parking?
longtimer66 November 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Put new maint facility at... Schedler. Has highway access, and HHK might be interested in shared svcs there too- a revenue generator. Leave rest of site as natural buffers, other buffers are Ward & Roos props too. If in future more of site is needed for storage etc some intelligent expansion can be done easily while preserving buffers and likely house too. Also there is already existing fuel storage etc nearby so having that there aligns with other longtime uses in area. Sell curr garage site (hopefully at prem price) if Chestnut area will be redeveloped -should be worth plenty (and becomes txbl). Would be better use of Schedler site (and only part) than trying to put a field there. For those who insist on more fields (which I question) Grove St area is a better site I'd think from many standpoints. I realize there are even more org. sports groups now than when I grew up here during baby boom - though there were a lot back then too. But during that time there were signif. MORE kids in town than now, and LESS fields than now, and yet things worked despite more kids.. Back then big BF field also served Travell K-4 which was section of curr BF bldg closest to Valley. For 5&6 Travell kids went to now -gone bldg on site of curr Travell field - its field was where curr school bldg is. Field across from GW was not owned by Vill either- was part of priv. school once there. Habernickel wasn't a park, whole Stable prop was priv too (a farm).
jp1 November 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Grove St. area is a flood zone so to pave it over for parking or an artificial field will only make matters worse.
longtimer66 November 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
If a field is a must, build a deck or something there for it. I really question more field though as noted above.
JAFO November 14, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Things are not working. As an example, soccer fields are being shared by 4 teams at the same time. imagine telling basketball teams, you can only use 1/4 of the court, so unfortunately we can't shoot on the baskets. There were more than 700 kids trying out for travel soccer this past season and there are more than 40 teams. That doesn't count the rec soccer program and all their needs. Nor does it count the football program and their needs. It's simple math longtimer - there are too many kids and not enough space.
Ridgewooder November 14, 2012 at 05:49 PM
A Grand Luxe Cafe, like they have at the GSP Mall.
maureen November 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Sort of like it the way it is..provides the eye with lack of stimulus relaxation .
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