SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Motor Vehicle Commission's Springfield agency is planning to move out of its present location on Center Street in Springfield into a new space on Route 22.

Springfield Township Administrator John Bussiculo made the announcement during his report at this week's Township Committee meeting, revealing that Springfield had received a change of tenancy application to move out of the building near the center of town off Mountain Avenue into a location adjacent to the Olive Garden Restaurant on Route 22 East.

“We had a meeting with them (Sunday) to go over with them where they’re going to go, what the traffic flow would be like, parking, etc.,” Bussiculo said. “Although we’re going to lose the revenue from the parking lot here, I think it’s going to be a big boost to anybody who wants to go to the DMV.”

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Visitors to the Center Street location must pay for parking in the municipal lot across the street from the DMV, but spots are limited and traffic and congestion have been an issue in the area for a long time.

“It’s going to be much easier; there’s a lot more parking,” Bussiculo said of the new location. “There will be one way in, you’ll be able to swing by, park, and then go out through the back right out onto Route 22. So it’s going to be a lot easier, and, quite frankly, better for us. We won’t have the cleanup that we’ve had with DMV over there.”

The move would leave the one-story Center Street building without a tenant.

“I don’t know who’s going to go in that building,” Bussiculo said “It’s privately owned, so at some point we may see something else.”

The administrator said that the move is expected to be completed by September of this year.

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