Short Hills Train Parking Plan Would Remove Trees
The plan is to convert the parallel parking on Chatham Road to head-in parking.
While the Millburn Township Committee is requesting designs to build a parking garage for the Millburn Train Station, it's also looking to add parking at the Short Hills Train Station.
Township officials are working out plans to convert the parallel parking on the train station side of Chatham Road to head-in parking. It would be similar to the parking at the old coal chute near Forest Drive, and committee member Robert Tillotson said it would add 40-60 spaces.
The plan would require the removal of a number of trees along Chatham Road, and the township forester tied orange ribbons around the trees that would need to be removed. Tillotson said the ribbons are to give the public a visual on what is required to add the parking.
"This hasn't been discussed in a public forum yet," he said.
Officials have looked at other places to add parking, including the current parking lot. Tillotson said they could add 20-25 parking spaces, but it would require all the landscaping to be removed and for parking to be up next to the sidewalks.
They also considered adding parking along the opposite side of Chatham Road, next to the sidewalk, but Tillotson said there were safety concerns. He cited how children walking to Glenwood Elementary School use the sidewalk.
Tillotson said officials determined they could not do a lot with the existing parking without a major removal of greenery. It's the same situation as the Millburn Train Station with the patch of green near the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad building, which officials do not want to remove, he said.
The plan to convert the parallel parking does remove trees, Tillotson said, but they're along the train tracks rather than in a landscaped or park-like area.
Also, Tillotson said the number of space that can be added will not approach 75, which has been suggested as the number that could be added at Short Hills.
Tuesday night the committee approved a request for proposals for designs for a parking garage at the Millburn station. The committee seeks conceptual designs for a parking garage on either Lot 2, which is at the corner of Lackwanna Place and Essex Street, or Lot 7, which is at the train station. Committee members said the two conceptual designs would allow them to make a more informed decision on where to put the garage if it decides one should be built.