LONG BRANCH: The lots that once housed various empty buildings in the Broadway Arts Center redevelopment zone will be used for paid parking this summer.
The Long Branch Council passed a resolution during its May 9 meeting which executes a lease between the city and the owner of the lots, Long Branch Partners, for seasonal parking of $10 a day on weekends, holidays and any time the lot is needed for overflow parking. The area will be leased to the city for $1.
Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes said the entire area along the south side of Broadway from 2nd Avenue to the old Paramount Theater, which has not yet been demolished, will be used for parking.
"The lot should be ready in the next week or so and we'll do seasonal parking similar to what we do at the Chandler and Maps property (on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and South Broadway)," Hayes said.
The lot will be manned with Class 1 special police officers and parkers will pay at a meter and receive a ticket that shows they paid the $10 fee.
Hayes said the lot will eliminate the need to use the Long Branch Senior Center parking lot for overflow parking this summer.
"Our intent is to not use that lot anymore and gate it off on the weekends," Hayes said.
The lot will likely be able to hold between 400-450 cars and will be available until Oct. 15.
Mayor Adam Schneider has said he hopes the overflow parking lot along Broadway is a temporary solution and that the city will be able to work out a redevelopment agreement with Long Branch Partners that would allow them to present their plans for the blighted area to the Long Branch Planning Board this year.