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Ridgewood Council Votes 5-0 For $12M Parking Deck Bond Ordiance

Amit Vogel, 17, is hopeful that the new parking deck will help her save time when she visits Downtown Ridgewood. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Ridgewood Village Hall meeting on 12/9/15. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Ridgewood Village Hall meeting on 12/9/15 Photo Credit: Matt Speiser

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Ridgewood Council voted unanimously in support of introducing a $12 million bond ordinance to help fund a proposed parking deck on Hudson Street before a large crowd at Village Hall on Wednesday evening.

Many residents shared their skepticism toward the council's plans for development during an open forum at the beginning of the meeting.

"I'm not against the parking garage," Cristina Neuman told Daily Voice before the meeting. "I'm against something that will represent the town poorly."

Of the more than 4,800 people who cast votes on the Nov. 3 election, 65 percent – 3,236 – voted "yes" on the parking garage ballot question, according to unofficial Board of Election results.

A parking deck is critical with the village's booming downtown district and the busiest rail station on the line, Mayor Paul Aronsohn told Daily Voice in October.

“The [Village] Council has spent a lot of time and energy in the last couple of years trying to make that happen,” said Aronsohn, citing an environmental analysis survey, a $500,000 bond for a design team, a financial study and more.

“We all recognize the need for more parking."

The Council will vote again on January 6 to adopt the ordinance.

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