2012-10-24 / Front Page
Additional commuter parking on the way
MANALAPAN — The township’s supply of commuter parking spaces is expected to increase.
At its Oct. 17 meeting, the Manalapan Township Committee approved an agreement with Vornado Realty Trust, which owns a shopping center at Route 9 south and Craig Road (Best Buy; Modell’s; Bed, Bath and Beyond).
Committeeman Ryan Green noted that commuter parking has been an ongoing issue in the community, with more people seeking parking spaces than are available at any given time.
Green said 219 parking spaces for commuters will be made available at the shopping center as a result of the agreement with Vornado.
He said 85 spaces will be behind the shopping center and will be available to Manalapan residents who acquire a yearly permit from the municipality.
There will be 134 parking spaces at the front of the shopping center and those will be a combination of spaces for people with permits and daily spaces.
Township Administrator Tara Lovrich said the details of the agreement with Vornado will be worked out, specifically regarding the 134 front parking spaces. The township plans on maintaining the rear parking lot, but will not be maintaining the front spaces, she said.
Green said Manalapan officials are working with Freehold Township officials to secure some commuter parking spaces at the Schibanoff Lane parking lot off Route 9 in Freehold Township. He said that facility might be convenient for commuters who live on the south side of Manalapan.
In other action at the Oct. 17 meeting, Manalapan resident Jessica Bruzzi thanked the Township Committee and municipal employees for the assistance that was provided to her as she organized and ran Step Up for Sarcoma, a 5K run/walk that was recently held at the Manalapan Recreation Center.
Bruzzi said she said is a survivor of sarcoma and told the committee that more than 300 participants raised $16,000 that will be donated to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, to help fund research into sarcoma.
Committeeman Jordan Maskowitz noted that he had coached the young woman when she played softball as a child, and said he was proud of Bruzzi’s accomplishment with the fundraiser for sarcoma research.
And, the committee honored the Manalapan 9U Cal Ripken all-star baseball team that won the Northern New Jersey state title during the summer. Cohen presented each player with a proclamation.