ELMWOOD PARK – The Elmwood Park Village Board has approved the purchase of residential property at 1615 North 75th Avenue with the intention of turning the property into a new public parking lot. The new lot would be adjacent to a parking lot that was constructed last year on 74th Court.
“This is a meaningful step to address the concerns of both residents and merchants in the area,” said Elmwood Park Village President Angelo “Skip” Saviano. “We know how important it is for residents in that area to have additional parking options, and we also wanted to add additional parking for our local thriving business community.”
The Village has negotiated the purchase of the property, but it will take some time before the Village takes possession of the land and can begin demolition. Construction of the new parking lot could be completed before the end of the 2016 construction season.
“We really believe this is a win-win for everyone,” said Village Trustee Alan Kaminski. “We know that parking is at a premium in many parts of the Village, and this is another important step in helping to meet that need.”
The expanded parking is being developed just north of Elmwood Park’s Restaurant Row which includes such establishments as Johnnie’s Beef, Spizzico Pizza, New Star and Cafe Cubano.