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Petition Forces Special Election On Ridgewood Parking Garage

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

RIDGEWOOD, N.J.– A special election will be held in June on the size of a proposed multi-level parking garage in Ridgewood -- unless the village council changes it plans.

"Garage Design D is too tall...it's going to overpower the existing buildings," organizer Lorraine Reynolds told Daily Voice after the village clerk certified signatures on a petition opposing the proposed Hudson Street facility's size . "It's going to be a massive structure."

The council unanimously approved bonding $11.5 million towards the project in March .

The June 21 special election will cost the village around $45,000, Mayor Paul Aronsohn told Daily Voice.

"The council decided not to rescind its unanimously adopted ordinance, and we are thereby compelled by law to hold a special election," he added.

Reynolds, in turn, said the petition – which drew 1,229 signatures – will freeze any funding and allow the five council members to discuss a possible compromise.

"If it's agreed to lowering it one story to three stories, four levels, the petition will be withdrawn," she added, "and we move forward immediately with a three-story, four-level parking garage funded in house."

Because of the timing, Reynolds doesn’t think there will be a large turnout.

“It’s the day after school ends," she said. "A lot of people are going to be gone."

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