Town of West New York Completes 63rd Street Parking Lot Green Infrastructure Project, Adding Six New Spaces and Reducing Flooding
Project is First in Hudson County to use Porous Asphalt, Will Remove Over 230,000 Gallons of Stormwater Annually
WEST NEW YORK, NJ — Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez is announcing the completion of the 63rd Street Parking Lot Green Infrastructure Project, which includes the addition of six new parking spaces as well as significantly reducing flooding in the area. It is also 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 stormwater per year and is expected to sharply reduce neighborhood flooding.
“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 Mayor 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 an aggressive, all of the above parking strategy implemented by Mayor 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. The result is the most new parking spaces added to the community in its recent history.
“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.”
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.