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New Housing Development Proposed on S. Broad

"The Dayton" at the site of Brogan Cadillac would require a change to the Master Plan for approval

A developer has eyes on transforming a parking lot on South Broad Street to a "vibrant" 120-unit housing complex but will have to go through the same process that Valley is undertaking right now – changing the Ridgewood Master Plan.

K&K Developers (Garden Homes), based out of Short Hills, NJ, will be requesting the village grant it a zoning change from business to residential in order to accommodate the 58-foot-tall, 42,570 square foot facility that could hold 120 units and 180 parking spaces. The project, called "The Dayton" after Samuel Dayton, will begin hearings in front of the planning board on Tuesday.

According to drafts sent by the applicants to Patch, the building is the site of the current Brogan Cadillac lot (150 South Broad Street) and does not have residential neighbors. Across the street is the , and the proposed property is wedged between the two-story Brogan Cadillac Garage to the south and the to the south. The railroad is the western border.

The South Broad Street area has been ground zero for the . According to Tom Wells, the applicant attorney, the applicants are willing to allow for 12 of the 120 units for affordable housing. In a letter sent to Patch, Wells wrote, "However, we do not believe the Garden Homes project substantially relies on the Village's Affordable Housing obligation to justify the proposed rezoning. Instead, we believe that the key planning justification is that the project provides for critical upscale housing in the downtown area."

In his letter, Wells contends the housing is not only desirable, but "absolutely critical" for the economic viability of the core downtown area, and ultimately, the village itself.

Those opposed to new housing projects often contend it will be a detriment the municipality as more residents will burden the school system. Wells says evidence will be presented that tax rateables "will substantially exceed the cost to the community for municipal services, and in particular, for education."

The applicants also contend that there will not be much of an uptick in traffic generated.

Because the applicants are not requesting variances, the process will require that the planning board approve the request to change the Master Plan, with an ordinance sent up to the council. Should the council grant pass the ordinance, a site plan addressing everything from height and setbacks to floor area ratio, parking, lighting, traffic and more will need to be developed.

The planning board hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Sydney Stoldt Court Room on the fourth floor of Village Hall.

RdgwdGRock October 05, 2011 at 12:26 AM
No change, no change, no change! Let's take Ridgewood back as it was (as shown in the yesteryear photos at the library). While we are at it, let's get rid of autos and bring back horse drawn carriages.
Ridgewood Mom October 05, 2011 at 12:34 AM
I'm all for change that is good for Ridgewood. This is not it.
James Kleimann October 05, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Thanks for your comments, everyone. I'll have a full report on Wednesday (planning board meeting didn't let out until after 11).
Rob Harold October 06, 2011 at 08:07 PM
South Broad is already a tough street to negotiate in the area of the proposed development. With parking on both sides of the street and the draw of the New York Sports Club, I cannot imagine how South Broad would be able to accomodate additional traffic. It would not only affect South Broad, but anyone trying to drive in the village center. Added vehicular traffic from the new residents of the development who will commute or shop outside of the village center. Vehicular traffic would increase at all the other streets accessing the village center because everyone else would try to avoid the resulting nightmare on South Broad. Downtown is vibrant enough without it turning into a circus. Its busy enough trying to get into the village to run errands. This is a village, not Manhattan. I already visit CVS in Glen Rock instead of dealing with parking to visit Rite Aid. And if I am looking to eat out, village parking and traffic is always included in the decision. This development proposal is so plainly a bad idea.
Rick Davies October 07, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I found it incredibly ironic that this article was right next to "police search for solutions after three accidents" This is going to add a lot more pedestrians and traffic right into the middle of the downtown which can barely handle the traffic as it is.

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