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Downtown Housing Application Gets Withdrawn

Developer behind 'Ridgewood Station' proposal withdrew application in December.

A rendering of the 114-unit Ridgewood Station concept by Terminal Construction Corp.
A rendering of the 114-unit Ridgewood Station concept by Terminal Construction Corp.

The developer behind one of four downtown housing proposals under consideration by the Ridgewood Planning Board has withdrawn its application.

Terminal Construction informed the village in a letter Dec. 17 of its decision to withdraw the proposal dubbed “Ridgewood Station,” which had been considered at the former Ken Smith Motors site.

Gail Price, counsel to the planning board, said the withdrawal of the application has no immediate ramifications for the board's consideration of a proposed master plan amendment featuring three new multifamily residential zones in and around the central business district.

The draft amendment is open to changes during the process before the planning board, according to Price. But while the proposed new zones, notable for their higher height and density limits, are located around the sites where housing proposals have been made, the amendment will not necessarily change in response to the applicant's withdrawal.

“It’s up to the board what to do with it,” Price said.

Officials, pressing ahead with public comments on the proposed master plan amendment Tuesday night, did not discuss Ridgewood Station.

The future of the property remains unclear, and a message left Monday with Terminal Construction was not returned. 

The company first proposed the 114-unit Franklin Avenue complex, with 7,250 square feet of retail space, last January. It would have been located in the proposed mixed use C-R zone, along with the nearby Chestnut Village proposal.

Planners are expected to testify before the planning board on behalf of Chestnut Village, as well as the Enclave and Dayton proposals, in the Ridgewood High School Campus Center Feb. 4.

JT January 08, 2014 at 11:47 AM
1 down, 3 to go!
Willard January 08, 2014 at 02:12 PM
If we want a vibrant downtown, we should embrace responsible density. A downtown where people live and can walk will help every business and let's face it, people want to be where people are. Moreover, more tax revenue from the new density won't hurt. Now only if Valley Hospital would pay its fair share...
The Fly January 08, 2014 at 02:41 PM
The addition of high density housing did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in terms of improving Englewood's downtown. Many retail storefronts on both East and West Palisade Avenues remain vacant and there are no "big box" retailers anywhere in Englewood's business district. Any additional tax revenues generated by increased density would be immediately consumed by the need for additional classroom space and instructional personnel. This plan is simply a LOSING PROPOSITION for Ridgewood residents and must be stopped now. The only people who would benefit from higher density are the developers themselves and commercial property owners (whose property values would escalate).
Megan January 08, 2014 at 03:35 PM
The Fly is dead on. We already have responsible density. We need pedestrian safety and parking - adding any more people without addressing those two areas makes no sense at all.
Jeanette L January 08, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Megan and The Fly you are both right. The traffic right now is horrendous and just imagine adding all those extra people crossing the streets and having to avoid being hit. Right now, between distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians, I am amazed there aren't more accidents. And to think the people who move in wouldn't drive, is insane. They would need to drive to the supermarket and to the big box stores and the highway and they would have to go through town to get there. And the amount of people added, would strain our resources, and how are they adding to the tax base?
Willard January 09, 2014 at 07:18 AM
The tax revenue comes from property taxes whereby most of these units will not be using our school system...there are no more leaves to pick up, no incremental snow to plow, and hell someone may actually use the library. In other words, it will help the town, not hurt it. Our property taxes are on a unsustainable trajectory led first and foremost by our BOE. Condos will afford current residents an affordable option to stay in Ridgewood and will help our downtown business owners and make the town more vibrant. With that said, I realize that many just don't want to see anything change and I guess that is okay too.
Jeanette L January 09, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Willard the supposition is that the units will not be using our school system, which is unenforceable. Where do you get the facts that it will help our town, on what planet? And how do you guarantee that the current residents will purchase these condos? That's unenforceable also. Has anyone done a survey to see who would move in? I doubt it. And it will make the town more crowded, there will be more pedestrian accidents. We have enough people from other towns visiting Ridgewood. Today the town was crowded at lunchtime and I had a hard time getting a parking spot, which means there are a lot of people visiting the town and residents utilizing it. And change is not always good. There have been a lot of ideas in this world that sound good on paper and in theory but in reality don't work out.
The Fly January 10, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Willard: Since the proposed units ARE NOT being designated as "occupancy by 55 years of age and older," there is NO guarantee whatsoever that most of the proposed units will not be occupied by at least one school aged child. Correct; no leaves and no increased snow. However, more sewer discharge, more water usage, more recyclables, more solid waste, more traffic, more crime. This is a BAD PLAN.
Willard January 10, 2014 at 05:16 PM
The Fly: There are no guarantees in life but the simple fact is that in general these types of condos would be young couples without kids or more often than not empty nesters. Lets remember that these will probably be condos well in excess of $500K and they are not pure rental buildings. I get it if people just don't want condos but then we all have to live with the fact that our taxes will continue to grow way faster than inflation and will put a further burden on everybody. I think we should have responsible density and done in a first class way...my personal opinion is that if done right we will all benefit. Again, just my opinion.
disgusted January 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM
The article doesn't say why the developer pulled the app. Did anyone hear what the reason was?

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