South Orange Scraps Proposal for Ward Place Parking


SOUTH ORANGE, NJ (CORRECTED) – Ward Place will not be added as a permit parking zone after the Board of Trustees voted Monday night to scrap an ordinance that would have made changes in parking regulations permanent.

Parking on Ward Place had been allowed last year for drivers with a Seton Hall permit due to the lack of spaces on campus. The completion of Seton Hall University's parking deck expansion added 594 parking spaces.

Village President Alex Torpey had proposed that the town continue to allow permit parking for two hours. Ward Place residents and Seton Hall permit-holders would be able to park along the street.

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Trustees Mark Rosner and Steve Schnall spoke in favor of the idea. Rosner added he thought that the parking should not be exclusive to Seton Hall permit holders, and Schnall suggested expanding it to four hours.

However, Trustee Sheena Collum pointed out that while the residents of Ward Place accepted the temporary parking regulations, even sharing driveways when visitors came, they should not have to do so any longer.

She said there wasn’t a “necessity for Seton Hall” to have the spaces and asked that the board not introduce the amendment to the parking rules.

The Board voted 6-0 to strike the ordinance.

Also discussed Monday were the plans for Village Hall.

Elyse Carter of the Historic Preservation Commission made a plea to the Board of Trustees to keep Village Hall off the market and to continue with the renovations.

Collum noted that the building is already on the market and they were accepting requests for proposals. She also said that the HPC was always to be involved in the future plans for Village Hall.

“The Board had agreed that as we get any proposals in, that the HPC was identified as a stakeholder group that we want involved in evaluating some of the proposals,” Collum said.

Executive Director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance Bob Zuckerman announced at the meeting that a portion of South Orange Avenue and some side streets will be closed for Play Day on Sept. 20-21.

He also said that there will be a 5K run, a vintage baseball game that will observe the rules from 1864, a 9-year-old DJ from Brooklyn, miniature golf, inflatables and food from local restaurants. Ten dollar wristbands will be for sale for the inflatables, mini golf and radio-controlled cars.

In other actions, the Board also approved:

  • hiring a staff for fall sports programs and Baird staff in the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs
  • awarding a state contract for park and playground equipment and installation at Farrell Field and playground equipment to signature sites for $6,450 and $55,119.40 respectively.
  • purchasing Pilot software for the tax assessors’, clerk’s and animal health offices for $15,555.34, an upgrade to the CAD workstation for the Fire Department for $9,750 and a Laserfiche upgrade for $51,221.
  • a change order for a 20 percent decrease, of $138,607.35 from the original $671,250.45, for the Glenview Road improvement project
The reporter is a student participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.
CORRECTION: A previous version of the story misstated Trustee Mark Rosner's position on Ward Place parking.

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