LONG BRANCH: The city's newest municipal lot will soon be open to the public.
The former Chandler and Maps property lot, located at the corner of Broadway and Ocean Boulevard, will likely be operation on the weekend of June 20, Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said this week.
The city purchased the land for the parking lot after passing a $4.3 million bond ordinance earlier this year and is currently installing parking meters there. The lot contains room for about 400 spaces.
The Long Branch Council adopted an amendment to its parking lot and metered parking ordinance on June 9 to set regulations for the new lot which will function differently from other metered parking areas 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.
It will cost motorists $5 to park in the lot on Monday-Thursday and $10 on Friday-Sunday and on holidays such as the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
The lot will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight and no overnight parking will be allowed.
Mayor Adam Schneider has said the city assumed that option and said that the lot is part of the parking requirement for the upcoming third phase of Pier Village. He said the eventual plan is to sell the land to a developer who will build a business with a large amount of parking or build a project around a parking structure.