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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The
construction of the second Bloomfield Parking Garage is set to begin in early
April. The project, Lackawanna Station, will bring 174 new residential units
and a new parking garage which will create 314 total parking spaces. In order
to ensure the safety of the public, the section of Farrand St. between Ward St.
and Washington St. will be periodically closed to vehicular traffic from April
until July. In order to keep the area open to walking traffic, pedestrian
walking areas will be constructed adjacent to Farrand St. Full access to all
businesses and parking lots will remain during this time. Access to the Township
parking lots will remain from Bloomfield Avenue.
The Bloomfield Police Department,
which oversees parking and traffic updates in town, has met with the developer
and construction company several times and made routes adjustments so as to
minimize inconvenience to pedestrians and accommodate local delivers to
A small section of Farrand Street,
between Washington Street and Ward, will be closed for 3-4 months, beginning
approximately April 8th. During work hours, this section of Farrand will
periodically be closed. An updated map with closure information will be posted
on the township municipal website, and the Township mobile app.
To ensure safety for the walking
public, a pedestrian walkway on the North Side of Farrand Street from Ward
Street to Washington Street will be constructed. This will allow
pedestrians to walk to and from the train station from the Township’s parking
lots. The right of way alley that runs from the start of Washington Street at
Farrand Street, behind the Washington Street businesses will remain fully open
and functional for trash pick-ups and deliveries throughout the project.
“Police Officers will be present
for commuter assistance for the first two weeks,” said Director of Public
Safety Samuel DeMaio. “We will be in constant communication with the
developer during the closure to open the roadway whenever feasible and safe.”