A 6$ sandwich in Passaic Park costs you 56$.

14 11 2007

parking-ticket.jpgPASSAIC — Businesses in Passaic Park worry they are losing customers because of a shortage of parking along Main Avenue.

“A $6 meal becomes a $56 dollar one,” said Jared Markowitz, the manager of Jin Glatt, formerly called Wing Wah, a kosher Chinese restaurant there. Markowitz said he is losing customers who complain that they receive parking tickets.

During the afternoon rush, sometimes 12 customers are vying for the few spots available in front of his eatery, he said.

Parking tickets generally run from $27, for expired meter parking and $54 for parking too close to a crosswalk or a yellow area, according to the Passaic Municipal Court.

Chaim Nadborny, owner of nearby Vision Family Eyeware, said the lack of parking discourages people from coming into his shop to browse. “People don’t have time to relax and shop,” he said. “They tend to drop off their kids to pick up things or they run in while they’re double parked.”

Compounding the problem, dozens of commuters take up spaces when they park their cars along the shopping corridor to then take a bus to Manhattan from a stop at Van Houten and Main avenues.

City Parking Authority Chairman Arthur Soto said he has a number of ideas to help alleviate parking woes. One would be to create “head-in” parking spaces, where cars park at a 45-degree angle to the curb, such as those found in Hoboken and Ridgewood. Any formal proposals would have to be approved by the City Council and the county freeholders, since Main Avenue is a county road, he said.

Another idea would be for the city to negotiate shared parking agreements with local businesses that have private lots — such as Valley National Bank or QuickChek, both on Main Avenue, Soto said.

Soto said that since the city established the Parking Authority last November, its main focus has been to create ground rules for the authority’s governing body — like a budget and bylaws.

“Going forward, we have to go beyond the basic fundamentals to explore new ideas,” he said by telephone Tuesday. “I would like to see changes done as quickly as possible. But, the truth of the matter is, we can’t make these changes on our own. We need to pull in the City Council and make sure they are on board.”

Soto said he will meet with City Council President Gary Schaer in the weeks to come to discuss specific proposals.

Over the year, the authority has outfitted lots in the downtown business district with Muni Meters, the pay and display ticket system, similar to machines used in Manhattan. Public Works Director Ted Evans, who is also the authority’s director,said since its inception, the Parking Authority has earned $925,000 in revenue. Evans said the city is considering making an additional $500,000 worth of improvements to parking malls on Main Avenue, which would include upgrades to lighting and meters, as well as additional parking spaces.

The next Parking Authority meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Reach Meredith Mandell at 973-569-7107 or mandell@northjersey.com.




2 responses

15 11 2007

There’s no room for angle parking anywhere near Main and Van Houten. How can Soto say he’s considering that? He must not be familiar with the area. The city probably doesn’t have much incentive to make any improvements in the parking situation, since the tickets it gives out are bringing in so much revenue.

11 01 2010

can we park on Van Houten Avenue on Mondays?

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