the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Village Council members were informed on Wednesday night that renovation (or new construction) of the old Elks Club building, which was purchased with the intent of consolidating the majority of Ridgewood Water’s employees into a single location, could cost as much as $3 million. Options range from a simple interior renovation (tagged at $1.7 million), to the construction of a brand new, 4-story building (with an estimated cost of $3 million). Two (2) other renovation/construction options were offered; each with a projected cost of $2.3 million.
Despite having been just handed a bombshell in the form of a multi-million dollar unanticipated and unbudgeted project, the Council members’ primary sticking point with all of the four (4) proposals seemed to be that none provided adequate off street parking for employees and customers of the Water Department. On street parking in front of the facility is currently prohibited due to its proximity to a busy entrance/exit driveway for the King’s Shopping Center.
The Fly on the Wall believes that this project is now dead in the water because four (4) Village Council members would need to approve bonding the funds necessary to undertake any renovation/construction project. And it is a well known fact that Councilman Jeffery Voigt and Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh were adamantly opposed to purchasing the Elks Club building to begin with.
So what will happen now? The property was purchased with Water Department funds, not with taxpayer dollars. Hmm. What a mess.