Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Upgrades to antiquated piping may be necessary to handle sewage from four proposed housing developments.
Four proposed housing developments in the Ridgewood downtown might require the village to replace piping to handle sewage flow, according to a report in The Ridgewood News. Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser said additional piping may be needed in some locations to accommodate sewage, particularly around Ridgewood Station, according to the report. Much of the village's piping is 80-90 years old, he said, adding that he didn't think the developments themselves would require an upgrade at the wastewater control plant. The developers could be on the hook for any additional infrastructure changes their projects bring to town, including traffic upgrades. Proposed are the 114-unit Ridgewood Station at the old Ken Smith site; the 106 unit Dayton …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
"Chasing away reinvestment" is not a solution, according to one reader.
Sunday, January 27
It is very common in NJ towns to hear public outcry when significant redevelopment is proposed. More kids to teach, more cars to park, and a new streetscape. These are all valid concerns. Ridgewood is not an island. It shares these issues with most NJ towns. Many of these communities have moved ahead with projects and the worse-case fears never materialize. Once built, redevelopment projects quickly become part of the fabric of the community. The new vitality encourages more reinvestment especially in the smaller properties nearby. Ridgewood’s population/household density is not remarkable in the county or the state. I’m not sure, but since the 80’s Ridgewood like many NJ towns has seen a decline in population. Almost every town does a …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Testifying on behalf of the developer, experts said they believe the 114-unit development at Ken Smith Motors will generate fewer than 10 school kids. Concerns also remain over parking and traffic.
A newly-proposed transit-oriented development at the Ken Smith Ford site would likely generate few school children while accommodating for parking demand, expert witnesses testified Tuesday night at the planning board meeting. But Ridgewood planning board members maintained some skepticism and also expressed worry about traffic impacts on the dangerous Franklin Avenue. Dubbed "Ridgewood Station," the plans envision a St. Mark's-inspired 137,000 square foot mixed use development on Franklin and Chestnut avenues, comprised of 114 luxury housing units and just over 7,000 square feet of retail space. The developer has appealed to the planning board to create an overlay zone allowing for higher densities around the Ridgewood train line, with …