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Planning Board to Hear Presentations on Ken Smith, 'Enclave' Housing Projects

The first details of the 114-unit housing project at the Ken Smith Ford site are expected Monday night, as well as an update on the Sealfons building proposal.

Two of the most controversial downtown housing development proposals in Ridgewood will be fleshed out Monday night at a special planning board meeting.

In September, Patch broke the news that the Ken Smith dealership property on Franklin Avenue is the site of a proposed 114-unit luxury apartment project with 11,0000 square feet of retail space.

On Monday night, the first official governmental discussion will be held, lumped into the larger downtown housing development study undertaken by Village Planner Blais Brancheau. Dinallo Construction Corp., the developer, is scheduled to make a formal presentation, according to the agenda.

The developers from 257 Ridgewood Avenue LLC. – headed by Ridgewood library board president John Saraceno – also will be making a presentation for "The Enclave," a 52-unit transformation of the "Sealfons building."

Since 2011, Brancheau has been tasked to determine the appropriate standards for multi-family housing development in the downtown. The cost of the overall study, which includes the services of a traffic engineer, has been paid for by the developers of Chestnut Village, The Dayton, and The Enclave in an escrow account.

Dinallo Construction has not contributed to the escrow fund as of late December, according to village sources. How that impacts the overall study undertaken by the village is not yet clear.

A discussion on a draft ordinance is expected to follow the presentations.

Should the planning board pass an ordinance rejiggering downtown housing development parameters, it would also need to be approved by the village council.

The meeting starts at 8 p.m. in the Sydney Stoldt court room. Stay tuned for coverage on the latest plans.

Phil Brooks January 07, 2013 at 06:46 PM
52 units at Sealfons and 114 at Ken Smith? Ridgewood isn't interested in quality of life, only ratables.
Ridgewood Mom 26 January 07, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Nobody wants multi-unit housing at either site. Introducing ore congestion to an already congested area is just ludicrous! What we want, and what we need, is a parking garage. Why doesn't anyone on the council listen?
Chris Cortazzo January 07, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Perhaps construction at the Sealfons building would allow the town to change the awful street layout on that section of Maple, the multiple traffic lights and that odd twist in the road make it very dangerous. Many of the residents would be commuters on the Main or seniors downsizing who would leave their cars parked most of the time, I think the 'congestion' argument should really be looked at as 'customers'. 1 Bed apartments would add folks who don't utilize the schools which will be good for tax revenue...
Brian January 07, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I totally agree. the plans so far are all mixed use including parking garages. There is no reason to suppose that anyone living in either property would cause more traffic. this is a chance to make the demographics of the town a little younger, greener and more likely to support local downtown businesses.
Ridgewood Mom 26 January 08, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Where does it say that these are proposed 1-Bed apartments? The article says "multi-family", which to me, suggests more than 1 bedroom. If these units are rental apartments, the occupants won't be paying taxes, they will be sending their kids to our schools (tax-free) and will be creating more pedestrian traffic. I agree that it would be nice to do something about the odd layout of Maple Avenue, but why should that have to mean multi-unit housing? Are there no other options?

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