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Planning Board Sets Hospital 'Renewal II' Timeline, Report Says

The first H-Zone meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday, March 11 at B.F.

Valley Hospital will be returning to the planning board to unveil new expansion plans on March 11. 

According to a report in The Ridgewood News, the first meeting has been set up for 8 p.m. at B.F. Middle School's auditorium. Per the report, public comment will not take place until April 2.

In dismissing a lawsuit filed by citizen's opposition group Concerned Residents of Ridgewood (CRR), Superior Court Judge Alexander Carver called for the planning board to reach a decision by the end of June. 

Preliminary plans submitted by the hospital to the board this week don't appear drastically different from its quashed "Renewal" plan. The hospital seeks to increase its floor space to 910,000 square feet, with increased setbacks on some borders.

"It's still about 70-80 percent bigger than existing," CRR chairman Pete McKenna told Patch earlier this week. "It's come down a little bit."

Valley says they've taken major steps to address past concerns.

"At the Planning Board meeting next month, we will have the opportunity to share more of the details of how we have addressed key issues – including construction, traffic and the size of the project – with the community. We look forward to that opportunity," spokeswoman Megan Fraser said.

Valley is again seeking an amendment to the Master Plan, which if agreed to by the planning board would require another affirmative vote from the council. 

Maroon Mom March 05, 2013 at 02:14 PM
i haven't followed this all along i just remember all those terrible things that the council had as objections. foundations settling. neighbors not being allowed to have in-ground pools. if valley was able to make big compromises that resolved those things i would be willing to take another look at the plan. who wouldn't?

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