West New York to close 52nd Street as parking deck construction continues

The street will be closed during the week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The town of West New York has announced the closure of 52nd Street until further notice as the next phase of construction begins on the new parking deck. The street will be closed to all thru traffic from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on March 2.

“I am very excited that we are finally beginning the next phase of this major construction project,” said Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez. “This is just one of our many parking infrastructure upgrades that will greatly increase the number of spaces available to both residents and visitors. We appreciate West New Yorkers’ patience and understanding during this road closure, and will do everything possible to expedite the work and minimize any additional disruptions to the surrounding community.”

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Previously construction on the new deck at the site of the former surface parking lot between 51st and 52nd Streets had been limited to underground. However, according to officials, a decision was made to temporarily close 52nd Street completely to allow for progress to be made quicker.

The town also noted that there had been some concern from residents that the lot had been sold to a private interest. Part of the site is being redeveloped into a 14-story residential building called The Grand at 508 51st Street, which will be one of the tallest buildings in town on completion in addition to a planned twin 14-story building nearby on 52nd Street.

As part of the plans, Secaucus-based developer National Realty Investment Advisors (NRIA) has partnered with the town to construct the new parking deck. According to NRIA, approximately 60 percent of the 495 parking spaces can be used by residents. West New York echoed that the new parking deck will be available to both the general public as well as private sector employees.

For any questions or more information, call the West New York Parking Utility during business hours at (201) 295-1575.

Virtual parking permits

The town has also moved to make parking easier. As part of Phase I of West New York’s Parking Green Initiative, all parking permits will now be available for purchase online. Drivers will be able to register their vehicles at a new Permit Portal located on the WNYPU website.

“The WNYPU consistently strives to find new ways to improve parking in our community,” said Rodriguez. “In addition to our numerous upcoming parking garages, this new online system will allow everyone to park much more easily and conveniently while reducing our impact on the environment.”

Users are now able to upload a picture of their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of residence from any computer, cell phone, or tablet. Customers can create a free account at wnyparkingutility.t2hosted.com.

Parking permit confirmations are delivered via email. Customers will have access to permit history. According to the town, rates have not changed and customers can save time by avoiding paperwork and standing in line. The town also highlighted as a green parking effort to reduce the town’s Carbon Footprint.

Residential and visitor permits are still available over the counter during office hours. Visit the parking utility website for permit requirements. For anyone without internet access or after office hours, pay stations are still available at 224 60th Street.

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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