November 30, 2012 at 9:01 PM
PATERSON, NJ – State officials are planning to expand their Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offices in Paterson.
The state agency would use an extra 3,700 square feet of office space adjacent to its current offices at 125 Broadway, which is owned by the Paterson Parking Authority, according to an MVC letter about the deal. That would represent an almost 60 percent increase in the area being used by the motor vehicle commission, as well as an increase in the number of parking spaces being leased at the garage connected to the building.
[Editor's Note: A earlier version of this story contained incorrect numbers that listed the annual payments on the property as much higher than they are. PatersonPress.com regrets the error.]
Overall, it would produce about $126,000 per year in extra revenue for the city’s cash-strapped parking authority, based on the details of the deal outlined in the letter. At present, the state pays about $185,000 in rent for the space it uses in Paterson.
“We’re very happy about the additional commitment that the State of New Jersey is making to the City of Paterson,’’ said parking authority executive director Tony Perez. “They almost left.’’
Perez credited intervention by Senator Nellie Pou as being crucial to the city’s success in keeping the agency in Paterson. Pou did not return a phone message seeking her comment for this story.
A spokesman for the MVC said the deal with Paterson remains in negotiations. The spokesman, Michael Horan, said the addition space would be used to expand the Paterson’s office’s services handling license restorations and surcharge payments.
Horan said that as far as he knew the state had not considered leaving the Paterson site. “It’s a great location for us,’’ Horan said. “It gives us a presence in a high population area and it’s a nice new facility.’’
Paterson had gone about 13 years without a motor vehicle office when Christine Whitman’s administration shut down the facility in the Silk City as part of a privatization program. But under then-Gov. Jon Corzine, the state opened a new Paterson motor vehicle office in March 2008.