‘Enclave’ Developer Plans Public Open House

Information session at Ridgewood Library intended to allay resident concerns, developer says.

The Enclave at 257 East Ridgewood Avenue. Photo credit: 257 East Ridgewood Avenue LLC
The Enclave at 257 East Ridgewood Avenue. Photo credit: 257 East Ridgewood Avenue LLC

The developer behind a proposal to build multifamily housing on the site of the former Sealfons building is planning an open house this month to address resident concerns about the plan.

The Enclave, one of four potential residential developments in and around downtown Ridgewood, is a proposed 52-unit complex incorporating 28,000 square feet of retail space.

“We recognize that any time change is proposed it can be unsettling,” John Saraceno, the principle of Onyx Equities, the developer proposing the project, said in an announcement of the open house. 

“However, in this case many of the concerns about impacts are unfounded and we want to make sure we address them head on. In particular, these developments are far more attractive than the current permitted uses.”

Proponents of multifamily housing argue that the four underutilized plots where the developments are proposed could become higher impact commercial sites under Ridgewood’s current zoning ordinances.

“Many of these downtowns, including Ridgewood, want to avoid the massive traffic impacts of new big-box stores, so they allow lower-impact residential uses instead, which make significant property tax contributions with minimal service requirements and generate few new school children,” Saraceno said.

“Downtown residential also supports the commercial life of the town without adding significantly to traffic, as the residents can walk to shopping and restaurants.”

The planning board is currently considering a zoning change that would raise the density and height limitations of the areas where the developments are proposed. Critics have taken issue particularly with the potential increase in density.

The open house is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the auditorium of the Ridgewood Public Library.

The Fly December 05, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Kind of strange that the open house is being held at the Ridgewood Public Library instead of Mr. Saraceno's own "party venue," the old Bank of America building at 54 East Ridgewood Avenue.
Amy December 06, 2013 at 09:31 AM
What makes Mr. Saraceno so sure that this development -- one of FOUR large apartment buildings currently being proposed in town -- will "generate few new school children"? Ridgewood's highly-regarded school system is one of the main draws for families to move here. Where will all of these new residents park? Are we supposed to believe that because the apartments are located within walking distance to shops in town the residents won't all have their own cars?
RB December 06, 2013 at 01:06 PM
The picture makes the buildings seem far away and not too overwhelming when in reality they should be right there across the street. Look at the traffic lights how high they are and the lamp post. I think they use the same artists as Valley when they post their renditions.
JT December 07, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Looks like a city to me.
jp1 December 07, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Not only a city, but over whelming.


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