"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 …
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 – …