Bloomfield Mayor Ray McCarthy, flanked by other state and local officials, cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new parking garage across from the Bloomfield Train Station on Wednesday afternoon.
The parking garage is a central element of the mixed use residential and commercial development called Glenwood Village that will be built around the structure. It is owned by the Bloomfield Parking Authority, which was formed in 2004.
Construction of the remaining portion of the development is planned for later this fall; the project had been delayed by an ongoing lawsuit by rival developer Cary Heller. His suit was dismissed on appeal in August, removing the last hurdle to proceeding with the remaining construction.
Bloomfield Center Urban Renewal, LLC (BCUR), headed by managing partner Bill Colgan, is the designated developer for Glenwood Village. A complete history of the development project can be found here.
Russell Moserowitz, Chairman of the Bloomfield Parking Authority, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill, developer Bill Colgan and Mayor McCarthy all spoke prior to the ribbon cutting.