New Motor Vehicle Agency Slated for Bergen County in 2010
Lodi overhaul the latest MVC project to aid in stimulating New Jersey economy and provide greater customer efficiency and service
(LODI) – Breaking ground at the site of New Jersey’s busiest motor vehicle service center, Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Acting Chief Administrator Shawn B. Sheekey announced today that the Lodi Agency is slated for a major customer service overhaul through the construction of the first modernized agency in Bergen County. Joined by state and local officials, Sheekey reaffirmed Governor Jon S. Corzine’s commitment to ensuring that the MVC maintains its positive progress and highlighted the project, which will bring 100 jobs to the area to help stimulate the county’s local economy.
“This project is another example of government working to create jobs, improve services and save money through better use of government property," said Governor Corzine. "This project will create 100 new jobs in the region and upon completion MVC customers can look forward to an improved overall customer experience.”
Stressing the benefits of the MVC’s critical investments, Sheekey not only emphasized the important role that technological and physical infrastructure improvements play in meeting the motor vehicle needs of customers, but also the economic advantage to the state. Of the 950 jobs created by recent MVC projects, 78 percent are directly tied to construction projects such as the Lodi overhaul.
“Capital improvement projects bring more efficiency in how we do business, more flexibility in how we deliver service and offer a true economic benefit to our state,” said Sheekey. “Through careful planning, we move forward on only those projects that will help the MVC to maintain an edge in providing core motor vehicle services.”
The new Lodi Agency is slated to open in fall 2010 on the same state-owned site as the existing agency and will provide a more efficient, ADA-compliant floor plan for employees to better serve customers. With 9,200 square feet of customer and employee space, 15 service counters to accommodate existing, as well as additional services in the future and room for regionalized employee training and driver improvement classes, the new agency will be well prepared to handle the busy customer volume, which is more than 500,000 customers annually. The site will also gain a road test field house for both customers and MVC staff and an inspection station office.
In addition to its improved amenities, the state will also benefit by eliminating the need for a new leased site, which saves approximately $800,000 annually for this type of facility.
“Over the last six years, we’ve carefully managed our facility portfolio, making investments when cost effective and beneficial, eliminating costly leases when possible, and advancing forward-thinking concepts such as this prototype agency built on state-owned land,” said Sheekey.
Chanree Construction of Manasquan will manage the $7.3 million construction project, while Spiezle Architectural Group of Trenton will serve as the project architect. Funding for the Lodi Agency and other MVC renovation and construction projects was established through a bond included in the Motor Vehicle Security & Customer Service Act of 2003. These monies continue to be used to enhance existing facilities and build new Model Agencies to better serve New Jersey residents.
The prototype agency has already shown great success at the MVC’s Freehold and Flemington locations, which opened earlier this year. The modernized facility design also provides environmentally friendly aspects such as sensor controlled light and water fixtures, a white, light-reflective roof, floors made from recycled materials and more natural light features to reduce energy costs by up to 50 percent and maintenance costs by 30 to 40 percent. Other new agency project locations include South Brunswick, Rahway and Randolph, all of which are also slated for 2010 openings.