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Revised 'Dayton' Housing Project Scaled Down in Ridgewood

Village Planner Blais Brancheau to present his findings of a seven-month-long study on residential housing stock in the Central Business District.

The proposed project to transform the old Brogan Cadillac dealership on Broad Street into luxury apartments steps has been scaled down, the developer's attorney said.

According to attorney Tom Wells, representing developer Garden Homes, the "Dayton" has seen major revisions in the number of units as well as the size of the building. The planning board will see the new look of the Dayton on Tuesday night.

Village Planner Blais Brancheau will be presenting the findings of his extended study of housing stock downtown, along with the help of a traffic engineer.

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Melvin Freedenberg September 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
As demographics change; as the price of gasoline goes up and will probably never go below $3.00/gallon; and as jobs continue to languish at a precarious low level, never to reach the compensation levels of the early 2000's, I project that in 20 years the closer a person is to mass transportation, the more valuable will be his place of residence. Anybody living at The Dayton on the Brogan property will be the envy of those living in the Heights as everything will be withing walking distance. In Manhattan, where about 60% of the residents don't have a car, to model Ridgewood after the Big Apple is the way that will prove to be a winner. Everybody is in favor of doing something to bring back the CBD. Housing within walking distance of the CBD is the way to a brighter future. It will not happen overnight and we will just have to be patient.
Anonymous Guy September 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Whats going on with Ken Smith motors property. Rumor has it they want to build apartments there as well?
Rob Harold September 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I wasnt aware that the CBD left. Why would anyone want Ridgewood to be modeled after the Big Apple? Some of us came here to get out of NYC. The downtown area already has a problem with cars safely co-existing with pedestrians. To increase the number of both cars and pedestrians in the village center will lead to more accidents. The property should be put to some use, it presently is an eyesore. But placing such a large apartment complex in an already congested area is a bad idea.
barbara September 17, 2012 at 03:17 PM
How about making The Dayton a 55 and older community so it dosen't negatively impact the school enrollment issue and eliminates the need for school buses and greater traffic at the 9 am and 3 pm hour. This type of housing is sorely needed in a town like Ridgewood where the 55 and older are moving out as soon as they no longer need the very expensive school system and leave to avoid the extremely high property taxes. A win for the empty nesters and for the town as well. Ridgewood should do everything they can to help preserve the town as a community for all ages, not just the New York City transplants with 2 children in tow.
Ridgewooder September 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
A large number of high end condo/appartments in the CBD is just what is needed to bring life to the CBD. People who will just walk to the local stores. Along with higher end non-mom and pop stores and more parking (for people who don't live in the CBD).
Rob Harold September 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Is there any evidence that the commercial part of Ridgewood is dead and desperately needs this housing?
Ridgewooder September 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Walk around downtown and count closed storefronts.
James Kleimann September 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM
There are a lot of rumors regarding the property. I'm working on a story. Officially, all I can say right now is the operation has closed and customers are directed to All American Ford on Route 17.
Rob Harold September 18, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Well, I did walk around town just in case somebody packed and moved all our stores to Route 17. But East Ridgewood Ave is well populated with stores doing business. Yes, I saw four empty storefronts. The CBD looks healthy. Unless somebody can show there is a crisis downtown, then there isnt any benefit from a high density and large housing complex that would offset the resulting hazards of increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic created by this proposed development.

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