Maplewood residents might want to budget a few extra minutes into their morning commutes.
Construction on the at 125 Dunnell Road has meant the elimination of roughly 20-25 commuter permit parking spots in the lot next to the former station. "Those are gone forever," said Thomas Malavasi, township engineer.
"It will push people out further" from the station for parking, he said.
In addition, roughly a dozen street spaces in front of the former station are unavailable during construction, which Malavasi said would last around a year.
The township had anticipated the loss of the lot, Municipal Lot #3, which is now , J.G. Petrucci Co. The township announced the lot's closing earlier this month via email blast and on its website.
Once the building, , is completed, some (but not all) of those spots will be available again for permit parking.
Earlier this week, a temporary "No Parking or Standing" sign was posted outside the office building next to the former police station. Malavasi said the developer had requested parking spaces for its work crew.
However, Malavasi said on Thursday he planned to ask the Police Department to remove the sign in order to free up those spaces for commuters. (By Thursday afternoon, the sign had been taken down).
"By next week, people will start heading back to work," he said.