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Parking Lot at 17 Main Street to Benefit Recreational Use

Englishtown is applying for an Open Space grant to purchase 17 Main Street to turn it into a parking lot.

A public hearing on Englishtown’s application for an Open Space grant was held last week. The Englishtown Council plan on , the lot adjacent to the . The governing body would like to turn this piece of land into a parking lot.

Since the parking lot would provide much needed spaces for Sanford Park and Lake Weamaconck patrons the acquisition of the property qualifies for the open space grant.

The application is a 50 percent match, meaning the county would put up half of the project’s amount and the Borough would be required to put up the other half. The Council has put in an offer to purchase 17 Main Street at $190,000, so the grant would be for $95,000, if accepted.

If Englishtown is denied the Open Space grant the Borough will not be able to afford purchasing 17 Main Street, Mayor Tom Reynolds said. The grant would only be alloted for the acquisition of the property, not the development of it, according to Englishtown Borough Engineer Tom Herits.

The public hearing process is required by the county prior to submitting the application, Herits explained. Englishtown resident Kathleen Bien questioned whether enough people use the two parks enough for additional parking to be necessary.

While the application will stipulate that the parking lot is needed for recreational purposes, the parking lot will be open for everyone to use.

“It will be used to enhance the public parking in downtown Englishtown, whether that be for businesses, recreation activities, court - anything that it is needed for,” Councilwoman Lori Cooke said. “[The land] is not just being purchased just to have parking for lake and park activities.”

Nevertheless, the property must benefit recreational use in order for it to be eligible for the Open Space grant, and this parking lot will do so, Borough Administrator Laurie Finger clarified.

Sanford Park visitors often park on Dey Street, Main Street, and even in the parking lot, according to the mayor. Therefore, the lot will be advantageous, he said.

“There is no downside to applying for the grant,” Mayor Reynolds declared.

Submission of the grant must be completed by Sept. 19. The Borough will be informed if they receive the funds by Monmouth County next spring. The money must be used within two years of its endowment. 

John Jay August 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Good job -- Englishtown never had enough public parking. This should be the first step into getting "mom and pop" stores into town. Perhaps even getting a buyer for that big antique store property that's been on the market for the longest time. When you drive down Main Street, there is so much potential -- but you can't do anything without some place to put your car.
Claudine Scozzari August 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM
It is a shame. Englishtown is no longer a "walking" community, so the old grocery store closed. With the traffic in Englishtown, it was easier to shop at the new grocery store. The old grocery store had a parking lot making it a viable location; however, with the growth of the community, the tolerance for traffic decreased.
John Jay August 29, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Claudine Scozzari -- you have no idea what you're talking about. Being able to walk to a small grocery store had nothing to do with the store closing. A mini mall was built at Gordon's Corner and the grocery store located there. A&P couldn't compete against the Shop Rite (Marlboro) and the eventually the ParthMark (Marlboro), so it closed. ParthMark couldn't compete now it's gone -- same with FoodTown.
Harvey Klein August 29, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Granted. The town has grown, and so has the population. There are many new and younger families in town; some with really young childern and babies. Perhaps they woudl like to walk from frhier homes to store in town to get whatever, instead of going to a mall or some distance for an item available in town. I believe that the additional parking would help. I also believe that the traffic light should be better timed to allow for people to walk and cross the streets more easily and safely.
John Jay August 29, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Call the Monmouth County and Englishtown about your suggestions. I've done it in the past and they really do listen. I heard that new stop signs went up on back streets and now there's a lesser chance of accidents behind the Catholic church. I know that they the streets by People's pizza were totally repaired. They are now going to do over by Water Street because me and a few others have asked for it and showed the need. I sure hope things get better economically so that things like this get done with increasing frequency. I like living in the Manalapan-Englishtown and I don't want to move.
George Hartigan August 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
We at Hartigan's Grille are happy with any improvement in the borough that will enhance the business community. Englishtown needs to be a destination, not a pass through if the local businesses are to be successful. I love the idea of the parking lot and hope the pedestrian traffic flow is improved around Main street, water street and 522.
Patrick Roy,AIA,PP, Architect & Planner August 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Great idea. Without extra parking for business and visiters to an historic town, the business district would not be sustained indefinitely to help shore up essential ratable to the Borough of Englistown.
Concerned Taxpayer August 30, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Let me understand this conversation here....you want to raise taxes once again and bond $500,000.00 we will have to pay back with interest over ten years for a piece of property that was originally proposed to be purchased to become the p.d.'s impound yard and then we can demolish, clean up and create an "open space" parking lot so that the newer younger residents can park there. After this convenient parking experience they can cross Water, Main or 522 and purchase those mall items such as; a fireplace, a saddle, a bottle, a lottery ticket, some cigarettes, a slice and/or a burger and then with children in tow bring these items back to their car. After that mission is accomplished they can walk to the lake or the park and do what?
John Jay August 30, 2012 at 01:08 AM
You don't understand the conversation, Concerned Taxpayer. It's over your head.
John Jay August 30, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Concerned Taxpayer -- a remarkable coincidence! All of your posts appear to be tied to the former censured and removed council member Jayne Carr. You may want to contact someone at Patch and have that corrected. I sure wouldn't want to have my name associated with someone who was censured for filing false reports with an official government body.
Concerned Taxpayer August 30, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Now that would be just funny except you're in our wallets. Forgot to mention...how much do the rest of us have to make up in lost tax revenues on this large piece of real estate when it goes off the books and is owned by the municipality?
Concerned Taxpayer August 30, 2012 at 01:20 AM
What the heck are you even talking about? Certainly not defending your position on this costly project if that is possible.
John Jay August 30, 2012 at 01:44 AM
It seems the business people in Englishtown want the parking -- having the grant go through will be a good thing for the businesses.
Concerned Taxpayer August 30, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I understand their position and the concept. There is already on street parking on Main, shared parking at the school for the park, parking at the lake, a municipal lot on Hamilton Street, the newly signed parking at Borough Hall and several large business lots that could become a shared agreement with the Borough for the public, none of which are rarely full and that wouldn't cost the businesses nor the taxpayers one more cent in taxes let alone these proposed dollar amounts.
Tx August 30, 2012 at 02:42 AM
That is because it is former council woman Jayne Carr
John Jay August 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Wait, Tx is righ! Click on "Concerned Taxpayers" profile and scroll to the bottom. All of the posts lead to the originator at the bottom: Jayne Carr.
Concerned Taxpayer August 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Great leadership style John Jay....baffle them with baloney so you never have to justify your postition.
Concerned Taxpayer August 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Yes and I have a bridge to sell you... Where is your justification of taking more tax dollars again?
Tx August 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM
This blog will be closed soon
Tx August 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Lets start checking the over time records of employees and lets see who are in our wallets
John Jay August 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM
You're right Tx. I am sure someone is getting an email or phone call about it right now. By way the, the oldest three posts from "Concerned Taxpayer" read in this order: - Allen, I can only assume by your name that you are male ... Tempers Flare at ...-by Concerned Taxpayer - Why you need to be at this Wednesday's Council meeting - ... Englishtown Seeking 2 Cent ...-by Jayne Carr - There has been a lot of feedback and support both here on... Englishtown Seeking 2 Cent ...-by Jayne Carr Patch! Start your censorship and start deleting the posts!
Concerned Taxpayer August 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Cannot justify the expenditure huh? Don't feel bad, probably just cannot be done. Hope the County has enough sense to see that so I don't have to pay more taxes, pay off the bond and add to it yet higher County taxes. If you're hell bent on it though keep sending in the baloney to divert them.
Concerned Taxpayer August 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Step up John Jay. Divert, divert, divert with more baloney...state your justification for the parking lot or did you forget that was the conversation?
Tx August 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I thought there was a reason why we did not want to use the church or Bd of Ed lot, did they not want us to plow there lots when it snows, so what happens if some one falls the town would be sued because we are maintaining it. Those lots have to be used by both groups, if we wanted t to close our lot we can, we could not do that to the church or Bd of Ed. Just see how long the church would want to do it if people are taking up places during services and church members could not park.
John Jay August 30, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Tx - according to records, Englishtown council was advised that using private lots would create problems because of insurance. The nonsense created by Jayne Carr was just that: nonsense. According to the Patch and other news sources, Carr was derelict in her position and was removed from office because she violated state laws.
Tx August 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
John Jay cool off a little they will end the posting, unless Jayne is not there fair haired girl. she lied to the patch also
John Jay August 30, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I drive through Englishtown during the course of my business. I think having a municipal parking is a great idea. Everyone wins. I wonder if it would encourage more people to park and use the bus to New York City too? I bet Englishtown could set aside some parking for commuters too. That would help pay off the bond.
Scott S September 04, 2012 at 05:53 PM
My municipal taxes for Englishtown went up 14% on the new tax bill. Is that not enough? the municipal portion of my tax bill has grown more the last few years than any other tax, including the schools. Lets think before we spend more money.

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