Government

Summit Council Accepts Latest Parking Report, Contemplates Future Implementation Measures

0f6bb09eef5172a81f21_DSC_0597.JPG
A proposed parking garage located on the site of Lot 3 is at the centerpiece of a parking audit accepted by the Summit Common Council. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
0f6bb09eef5172a81f21_DSC_0597.JPG

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Common Council, at its first meeting in December, voted to accept the final report of Level G Associates, which evaluated operation of the City’s parking agency, its finances and suggestions for meeting the Hilltop City’s future parking needs.

Chief among the report’s recommendations, as explained by Gerard Giosa, president of Level G, was that the City consider construction of a new parking deck over the current Lot 3 on Summit and DeForest Avenues.

However, as several of the governing body members pointed out, acceptance of the Level G report by no means clears the way for definite implementation of any of its recommendations, with Council members estimating that proposed action will be under intense study for at least the next year.

Sign Up for E-News

Giosa did say at the meeting, however, that his firm’s final report differed from the preliminary study presented in October, in that it agreed more fully with many previous recommendations by Burgis Associates, the City’s planning contractors, in identifying the Lot 3 area as “proximate to high parking space deficiency areas” identified in the Burgis report.

The Level G president added that Lot 3:

  • Offers excellent balance in terms of distribution of high concentration parking supply and coverage of the central business district.
  • Presents a “north of the tracks” location, proximate to the central business district, yet allows DeForest Lots 1 and 2 to remain open during construction.
  • Is less likely to be impacted by potential decreases in future parking demand around the train station resulting from evolving transportation trends.
  • Can become part of a redevelopment package to include adjacent and/or nearby properties.

In a reference to the last point, Giosa said the possible five-level height of a parking garage would be about equal to that of an office building directly across the street from the proposed structure, meaning the office building could act as a buffer between the parking deck and the surrounding area.

At this height, according to the Level G report, the “sloping floor deck” would contain about 427 spaces yielding a net parking gain of about 350 spaces.

The “developmental cost estimate” of the proposed parking structure, assuming short-term funding, would be $11,000,000.

Other proposed “short-term” funded solutions to meet the City’s parking needs include:

  • A 100-car “at-grade” parking expansion, re-striping and miscellaneous improvements;
  • Meter re-programming;
  • Signage improvements and pay station re-programming;
  • Seven new pay stations; more signage work and removal of existing equipment; and
  • Revamping the permit system and increasing fines.

Solutions with assumed “mid-term” funding include:

  • On-street pay-by-space, with 21 pay stations north of the railroad and associated costs; and
  • On-street pay-by-space, with 19 pay stations south of the railroad and associated costs.

Second Ward Councilwoman Sandra Lizza pressed Giosa to address in greater detail a suggestion she previously brought up -- finding a mechanism whereby the owners and developers of properties that did not provide adequate parking would pay for parking elsewhere.

Giosa said having owners pay for parking away from their sites would not be practical if the City did not have sufficient parking space capacity to provide areas where owners -- not able to provide on-site parking -- could fund remote parking solutions.

First Ward Councilman David Naidu agreed with Lizza’s point to an extent, saying it compared with past solutions for those seeking to develop in the state’s wetlands areas -- they either had to find a way to develop around the wetlands, or pay for wetlands in other areas to make up for the wetlands their developments were taking away.

He said the Level G report was a “planning tool” that would enable the Council to move forward in finding solutions.

Second Ward Councilman Patrick Hurley added that the report helped provide the Council with all the information it needed to find solutions, whether it decides to go forward with plans for building a new parking deck in the next year or not.

Lizza added that the report was a useful document in concert with work done by City Administrator Michael Rogers and parking services manager Rita McNany.

The Lot 3 location was the best location for any new deck, First Ward Councilman Robert Rubino said, because it was separated far enough from residences, and he said it was one he long advocated.

Rubino also said the 400-space need probably was more realistic in the long run, considering projected central business district development, than previous estimates of around a 250-space deficit.

Council president Michael McTernan said he was glad the report provided a plan that would help the governing body to act rather than just giving it something “that would sit on a shelf.”

McTernan added a solution was needed and the Council should be looking for ideas, whether or not they included building a deck.

In another parking matter, the Council adopted an ordinance, among other actions, designating several previous 90-minute meters along Springfield Avenue for employee prepaid parking, increasing parking in some designated municipal lots and adding the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving as permanent free parking holidays.

The governing body also adopted an ordinance limiting parking to two hours, during the 7 to 10:30 a.m. time period, Monday through Friday on Bedford Road to deal with increased parking by students from Summit High School on the street near the high school.

Police Chief Robert Weck noted students at the high school who were not taking advantage of more than 60 spaces re-striped at Tatlock Field for their benefit may eventually be forced to do so because of increasing demands for parking restrictions on residential streets surrounding the school.

The Council also voted to apply for a grant to determine the feasibility of the City offering charging stations for electric vehicles at locations in two city parking facilities.

The Council also voted to amend the agreement with the New Jersey Department of Transportation on the proposed Summit Park Line that would remove language requiring Union County responsibility for maintenance at the site and increase the City’s responsibility for such maintenance.

In a ceremony at the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Nora Radest swore in newly-promoted Summit Police Sergeants Michael Byrne and Charles Daly, as well as new police officers Sean Thompson, Ruddy Garita, Leonard Franchino and Mark DeMetro.

The councilmen also heard a presentation by Tom Hurley of Special Data Logic on a new software system that would enable residents and contractors to keep track of the building permit process online and speed inspection approvals.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_92eaadab4fea5d764092_edc2dcd4802a1c409d7c_screen_shot_2018-04-03_at_1.15.57_pm

Sun, July 22, 8:00 AM

Summit Summer Farmers Market, Summit

Summit Farmers Market

Community Calendar Food & Drink Green Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_3104d62d4140717c0d39_c4b1c442498721eb1133_da642dc68aa7d0728e5c_9de480c638b23e5ff30b_15439854_1068128309964954_2075775014450964550_n

Sun, July 22, 5:00 PM

Central Presbyterian Church, Summit

Summer Outdoor Worship with BBQ

Arts & Entertainment Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_b7bf86ab9b5cba4793d9_347facfa8ac6817752ac_19055513_10158829487705483_8854478692329281822_o

Mon, July 23, 7:45 AM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Monday Morning Yoga

Health & Wellness

Summit Police Blotter

July 9, 2018

6/19 - Peter Ferguson, 31, of New York, New York was arrested on a contempt of court warrant out of Point Pleasant Beach. Mr. Ferguson posted bail and was provided a new court date.

6/22 - At 1552 hours a report was taken for a theft of one thousand (1,000) mops from Overlook Hospital. The reporting individual indicated the theft occurred between 6/10 and 6/21. Taken from a storage area ...

Audio: Point View's Petrides Details Three Things to Watch During Earnings Season on 'Wall St. Unplugged'

July 20, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, on Wall Street Unplugged discussing portfolio positioning during earnings season:

curzioresearch.com/three-critical-things-to-watch-during-earnings-season

For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing ...

Video: Point View's Dietze Says Valuations, Buybacks, Dividend Make Financials Attractive

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, appeared live on CNBC detailing the outlook for financial stocks and more:

cnbc.com/video

For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive ...

Picking up the Pieces – The Benefits of Account Consolidation

Over a lifetime of investing we often have numerous accounts located at different financial firms.  Rarely are these accounts managed with a grand plan that takes into account all the individual pieces.   Account proliferation can be detrimental to your investment performance, increase your risk profile, and lighten your pocketbook.  

Account consolidation offers the ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Are You Ready for Your Child to Turn 18?

If your son or daughter is turning 18, here are a few things you need to know:

If you have an UGMA/UTMA savings account for your child, did you know those assets are his/her legal property and once that instrument matures (most often 21 years old or 18, if you designated that at time of account creation), those assets are at your child’s disposal with no restrictions or ...

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?

 

Enough already.  

 

I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.

 

“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...