Plans are already underway to expand Paterson’s Motor Vehicle Commission office, which opened just four years ago in the city’s Public Safety Garage Complex. The downtown MVC office has brought a new level of convenience to the residents of Paterson and has seen an unexpectedly large volume of business—just one sign of the success of the multi-use Garage Complex.
Built by the Paterson Parking Authority in partnership with Passaic County Community College, the garage was designed to combine parking and retail. In addition to the MVC Office, now expanding to fill the entire second floor, the complex houses a branch of City National Bank and a Subway restaurant. Talks are underway to bring a tenant to the remaining unoccupied space in the building, says Tony Perez, of the Parking Authority.
“For many years,” Perez explains, “the MVC did not have an office in Paterson, and residents had to travel to other communities to get licenses and handle other tasks. Now the office is within easy reach. In fact, people who work, shop, or live in the downtown area can walk there.”
The expanded facility will also offer expanded services—similar to those offered through MCV regional offices.
Plans are taking shape now to fit out the space for the facility. Perez says he anticipates that it will likely be ready for occupancy sometime in the spring.