WNY completes green infrastructure project at 63rd Street Parking Lot

The project aims to reduce flooding due to storms in the neighborhood

The Town of West New York has completed the 63rd Street Parking Lot Green Infrastructure Project, according to Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez.

The project includes the addition of six new parking spaces as well as significantly reducing flooding in the area. Officials said it is the first green infrastructure project in Hudson County to use porous asphalt to capture, detain and treat rainwater. The project will remove approximately 231,000 gallons of storm water per year and is expected to sharply reduce neighborhood flooding.

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The project is funded by a grant from the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) with financing from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. The new surface will naturally filter stormwater through the earth, therefore reducing the impact on the sewer system and minimizing the need for processing and chemical treatments. The improved drainage will also reduce standing water and ice, resulting in improved safety conditions.

“My administration has been laser focused on adding more parking for West New York residents and for our local businesses, and this newly renovated 63rd Street Parking Lot is the latest example of the commitment we made to address our parking needs,” said Rodriguez.

“The addition of these six new parking spaces right in the heart of our Bergenline Avenue shopping district will mean more customers for our small businesses and better quality of life for our residents, and the fact that we were also able to leverage green technology to reduce flooding in the area makes this a true win-win for West New York.”

West New York is pursuing what it calls an “aggressive, all of the above parking strategy” implemented by Rodriguez. That includes building new parking garages through public-private partnerships, implementing parking striping to more efficiently use existing spaces, adopting angled parking to add more parking inventory, and reclaiming illegal loading zones and expired handicap parking spaces.

“Parking is a challenge in every densely populated, urban municipality but here in West New York we are taking real action to solve this problem thanks to the leadership of Mayor Rodriguez and the Board of Commissioners,” said Amiris Perez, executive director of the West New York Parking Utility. “The bold steps that Mayor Rodriguez and his team are taking will mean hundreds of additional parking spaces for West New York residents.”

Officials said the result is the most new parking spaces added to the community in its recent history.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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