LONG BRANCH: The city will be running a new parking lot this summer at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Broadway.
"It's our intention, with your blessing, to do what we did last year down there and run a parking lot," Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said.
The city has meters in storage it can use for the lot which has been cleared and leveled in anticipation of placing some crushed stone as a parking surface.
However, the paid parking will function differently in the lot as patrons will purchase parking at the meter, receive a pass and place it in their car window. That pass will allow them to park in the lot for as long as they want.
Parking in the new lot will cost $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends, Woolley said.
"We think it's going to do well, it's very visible when you come down Broadway or Ocean Boulevard," Woolley said.
Woolley said some details, such as the hours of operation for the lot, still need to be worked out, but that the area is ready to go.
The council will to have to amend its parking ordinance in order to allow people to park in the lot, which will be able to hold about 400 cars based on early calculations by the Long Branch Department of Public Works. That ordinance should be introduced at the next Long Branch Council meeting on May 26.
Woolley said the lot could make parking easier for beachgoers this summer.
"This is going to lighten up some of the people that were taking the spots in Pier Village because there was no other parking," Woolley said. "This will be perfect for someone who is going to the beach to drop their stuff off and come back and park their car and be set."
The city recently acquired the area, known as the Chandler and Maps lot, and adopted a $4.3 million bond ordinance in February to do so.