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Ann Street Garage Closes Permanently This Week, Faces Demolition

Among the ideas being debated, a $3 million plan to erect a new 3-level garage and building a single level lot that would cost less but add to parking scarcity.

Freeholder Hank Lyon, shown in this file photo, is among those advocating a single-level garage with fewer spaces to save money. But where will other spaces be found?, others argue.
Freeholder Hank Lyon, shown in this file photo, is among those advocating a single-level garage with fewer spaces to save money. But where will other spaces be found?, others argue.

Morristown bids farewell forever to the Ann Street Parking Garage behind the Morris County Superior Court building, NJ.com reported. The facility, found to be structurally deficient last week, is being closed permanently this week and is set to be demolished by the end of next year.

But what will replace it, and how will the Ann Street Garage's 170 parking spaces be replaced? The Morris County Chosen Board of Freeholders don't yet know for sure, the article said, but is debating ideas, including one by John Krickus and Hank Lyon that would call for limiting a replacement garage to one level—the current one has three—and renting out the spaces at night to generate money for the county. Also on the table is a $3 million plan for a new three-level garage on the same spot.

The freeholders approved $1.3 million to cover demolition (to begin by October 2014), design fees and a feasibility study for a new garage, the article said.  

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