RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough is moving forward with plans for 18 new parking spaces around the Raritan train station, with construction already underway.

In December, the borough began discussing possible plans for additional parking spaces on owned property south of the railroad tracks.

Mayor Charles McMullin had said there is an alley that normally prevents spaces across from where the current parking is, but the goal would have been to move trees back into that area to gain 19 spaces, and potentially take four on the opposite side.

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McMullin said the borough owns that property immediately south of the transit yard, but the land was in terrible shape.

“Public works went in and did an incredible job of cleaning it up,” he said.

When they first investigated the options, McMullin said, they found that each parking space costs $5,000 each, and so they would be looking at $100,000 for making it happen.

“That didn’t make sense,” he said. “We only charge $40 per month.”

McMullin said they have been working with Van Cleef Engineering on road jobs on Sherman Avenue and Frelinghuysen Avenue. The milling, he said, generates asphalt that can be used to create the parking spaces, rather than bringing in stone.

McMullin said that just moving the asphalt from there to the alley property for new parking spaces would cost about $7,000.

“Essentially for under $10,000, we could up with 18 of the 20 spots we were originally thinking of,” he said. “The area was in terrible shape, but I think we can put it to productive use.”

The Sherman and Frelinghuysen projects were expected to start around June 19.

The council approved moving forward with the project for costs not to exceed $10,000.