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Commuter Parking a Pricey Possibility for Grove Street

River Edge borough engineer offered up four options to convert the old DPW yard on Grove Street into commuter parking

A proposal to convert the former DPW yard on Grove Street into commuter parking could prove costly to River Edge as borough engineer Robert Costa presented four options to the Mayor and Council with plenty of bells and whistles.

The options, ranged from laying down gravel to macadam to environmental pavers, along with lighting, drainage, and a stairway up to Kinderkamack Road.

"I cam up with a list of budgetary items that you can decide what you do or don't want," Costa said. "I've included taking down the current retaining wall and replacing it with a new one, adding a stairway access up to Kinderkamack Road and options with ingresses and egresses on both Grove Street and Lincoln Avenue or just one."

Costa's plans were split between creating a commuter parking lot with 47 spaces or 47 spaces with pricing ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to create each space.

He also estimated $60,000 for the retaining walls and another $50,000 for lighting the area.

"If the council is seriously entertaining this option, I would rather have metered hourly parking than commuter parking for a revenue source, but I don't know if it would get used," Councilman Alphonse Bartelloni said. "I think what we've been talking about and hence why we hired an appraiser, is to have a parking strucutre that is on grade and people won't have to use steps to access Kinderkamack Road."

River Edge is still waiting on a final assessment of the property before making any decision on whether to convert the lot into commuter parking or sell it to a developer.

Former borough attorney Sam Cereste suggested selling the lot in October to a developer after merging it into the commercial zone. The lot, is currently split between the commercial and residential zones. Another problem with the area is that it fronts onto Kinderkamack Road but drops 15 feet down in the rear towards Grove Street.

In October, Cereste estimated that the property could be sold for $500,000 to $600,000 but the final number would depend on the assessment. Once developed it could bring in an estimated $40,000 in taxes per year.

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Dr.Doom February 06, 2013 at 02:02 AM
why is everything that involves River Edge municipality cost so much? roof for the price of the house, generator to power building for the cost to power 30 buildings, now parking lot for the cost as if it was layed with gold enriched bricks. Explains the taxes though
Todd vandeweghe February 06, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Metered parking is an annoyance, commuter parking sounds good. Preference to River Edge residents i.e. lower cost is recommended. Commercial use with more than adequate parking sounds good too. What do adjacent property owners want?
Robert Prol February 06, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Increasing parking will increase vehicle traffic. This will in turn impact air quality, slow the traffic further, wear the roads out quicker, and place other road users in more danger. All of which will equate to a lower quality of life for people in the area. Sell the lot, spend the money on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
NO TO TAX HIKE February 06, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Exactly! Hi Eamon, can you publish the RE contracts listings, RE estimated prices, actual contracted prices, names of the firms/individuals who got the contracts, dates, % of the contracted prices vs. borough estimated prices and some benchmarking information such as similar contracts done by the near-by boroughs. That would help a lot to increase transparency in RE.
NO TO TAX HIKE February 06, 2013 at 06:36 PM
if the lot is sold, that is it. it won't produce any income. RE should think more about raising revenues.
Eamon Harbord (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 06:48 PM
@NO TO TAX HIKE, if contracts are approved for work, then I will publish that information. Currently nothing has been decided so I don't have any set numbers for you
Todd vandeweghe March 01, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Oradell says their parking lot on Kinderkamack is under-utilized. They are considering building on it. Why should we spend money on a parking lot nearby? Let's rethink this.

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