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Amendments to the redevelopment plan for the North Walnut Street Redevelopment Area

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Amendments to the redevelopment plan for the North Walnut Street Redevelopment Area.

PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE/AGENDA

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Village Hall Court Room – 7:00 P.M.

 (all timeframes and the order of agenda items below are approximate and subject to change)


1.      7:00 p.m.- Call to Order, Statement of Compliance, Flag Salute, Roll Call  – In accordance with the provisions of Section 10:4-8d of the Open Public Meetings Act, the date, location, and time of the commencement of this meeting is reflected in a meeting notice, a copy of which schedule has been filed with the Village Manager and the Village Clerk, The Ridgewood News and The Record newspapers, and posted on the bulletin board in the entry lobby of the Village municipal offices at 131 North Maple Avenue, and on the Village website, all  in accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act.

Roll call: Aronsohn, Bigos, Pucciarelli, Nalbantian, Hurley, Reilly, Joel, Dockray, Peters

2.      7:05 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board


3.      7:15 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. – Correspondence Received by the Board


4.      7:20 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. – Mr. & Mrs. George Halwagy, 313 West Glen Ave., Block 1607, Lot 3 – Minor Subdivision application (Underlying Remand Proceeding) – Continued from April 15, 2014


5.      9:15 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. – Scherrer Enterprises, LLC, 160-166 S. Broad St., Block 3905, Lots 4 & 5 – Clarification of conditions of approval and timing of permits and certificate of occupancy.

6.      9:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Discussion re: Referral of Ordinance #3411 – Amendments to the redevelopment plan for the North Walnut Street Redevelopment Area.


7.      10:00 p.m. – 10:05 p.m. – Approval of Minutes – October 29, 2013


8.      10:05 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. – Executive Session if needed

                                       
9.      Adjournment

In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, all meetings of the Ridgewood Planning Board (i.e., official public meetings, work sessions, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings, which are always open to members of the general public.


Members: Mayor Paul Aronsohn, Nancy Bigos, Councilman Pucciarelli, Charles Nalbantian, Morgan Hurley, Kevin Reilly, Richard Joel, Wendy Dockray, Michele Peters

Professional Staff: Blais L. Brancheau, Planner; Gail L. Price, Esq., Board Attorney; Christopher J. Rutishauser, Village Engineer; Jane Wondergem, Board Secretary

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Family has a long history of saving soles in Ridgewood

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Family has a long history of saving soles in Ridgewood

APRIL 25, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY BETSY MURPHY
CORRESPONDENT

Business celebrates 60 years in village

It’s a family business.

Vincent Barbuto, a shoemaker, came from Italy and opened a shoe repair shop in Paterson, Parker Shoe Repair, 92 years ago. Today, his grandson, Vinnie, owns Quality Shoe Repair in Ridgewood.

“My grandfather owned that Paterson store and the family worked there,” says Vinnie. “My father, two uncles and an aunt. My aunt used to deliver shoes on her bicycle.”

His Uncle Tony, 72, opened stores in Montclair, Cliffside Park, then Paterson on Ellison Street about 30 years ago and is still there.

Vinnie’s father, Frank Barbuto, was 4 years old when he came here from Italy. While growing up, he worked and honed his skills with his father. Drafted into the Korean War, he lost a leg when he was 18 and spent 16 months at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. Soon after he came home, he opened his first shop in Ridgewood at the corner of Franklin and Maple avenues.

“It’s where Corday Cleaners used to be,” says Vinnie. It was two years later that he moved with his brother, Tony, to 18 Oak St., the shop’s location ever since. That was in 1954.

In 1957, he married his wife, Margaret. They had two children, Theresa and Vinnie. A homemaker, Margaret sometimes took Frank his dinner when he worked late.

Margaret took over the bookkeeping and, as the children grew, she worked when needed. She worked first with her husband, Frank, then with her son, dealing with customers at the counter, until she died at 86.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/family-has-a-long-history-of-saving-soles-1.1002999#sthash.eVL0k04m.dpuf

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Troy Dunn , Kostya Kennedy, Mookie Wilson at Bookends

Troy Dunn , Kostya Kennedy, Mookie Wilson at Bookends

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Troy Dunn Thursday, April 24th @ 7:00pm
Known as “The Locator” on TNT and star of APB with Troy Dunn, will sign his new book: Family: The Good F Word Books available April 21st

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Kostya Kennedy Wednesday, April 30th @ 6:00pm
Assistant Managing Editor of Sports Illustrated, Kostya kennedy, will sign his new book:  Pete Rose: An American Dilemma Books available April 29th

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Mookie Wilson Wednesday, April 30th @ 7:30pm
Former Player for the ’86 World Champion New York Mets, Mookie Wilson, will sign his new book: Mookie:  Life, Baseball and the ’86 Mets Books available April 29th

Bookends is a legendary New Jersey Landmark! We are known for our incredible author events and have hosted well over 1,000 authors in the past 15 years!

All books MUST be purchased from BOOKENDS for any of our events and a valid Bookends receipt must be presented for entry.

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.
Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.
Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to ensure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed. We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 201-445-0726

Missed one of our events? We have Signed Books from some of our recent signings. Call the store to order 201-445-0726.

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RHS Project Graduation Shop Day is April 9

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RHS Project Graduation Shop Day is April 9

All are invited to celebrate Ridgewood at a Downtown Ridgewood Shopping Event all day on Wednesday, April 9. Every participating store will donate a percentage of your purchases back to 2014 Project Graduation.  Make sure to tell the store’s owner you are shopping to support PG 2014.

Click here for more information.

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Reader says Calling Villagers crackpot laypeople is yond belief. Who was the alleged comment really directed to?

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Reader says Calling Villagers crackpot laypeople is yond belief. Who was the alleged comment really directed to?

He must have meant the “laypeople” on the planning board — perhaps, those asking questions about the faulty premises in the reports of the developers so-called experts, or maybe those who dare to ask what the effect of 400 new families will be on schools, traffic and other aspects of village life. Shame on those planning board members who dare to ask questions of those who testify before the board!!

Could this really have been the developers’ response to the public or did the paper get the quote wrong. Is Saracino that much of a sniveling buffoon who thinks he can get away with destroying the town by insulting Villagers? I suspect there must have been a mistake. Surely, Mr. Saracino is not an ignorant bully who thinks he can insult and buy his way into re-making Ridgewood a city made in his image.

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Reader says I don’t understand the poisonous anti-development sentiment

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Reader says I don’t understand the poisonous anti-development sentiment

Is anyone thinking that, as detailed in this post, the inventory of apartments in Ridgewood is old with limited ability to modernize because of the types of buildings that were the style in 1915 and again in the 1950′s are not want people want today? Is anyone thinking that newer and more modern style apartment will attract young professionals who want to start a life in Ridgewood and empty nesters who want to stay in Ridgewood? That combination will bring a vibrancy to Ridgewood so this will not just be a village with parents of school age children who leave when the kids graduate.

As a parent, I find the box of kleenex on the back to school supply list offensive beyond words but I do it and for our children, we write cheeks all year long for teams, field trips, concerts, book fairs, etc., etc. It is called the cost of living in a Village with high expectations for the schools. It is the cost of living so close to NYC.

I don’t understand the poisonous anti-development sentiment and the yard signs that imply the end of the world as we know it if things change.

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PR Representative for Mr. Saraceno (The Enclave) Uses Valley tactic of belittling and attacking the opposition

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PR Representative for Mr. Saraceno (The Enclave) Uses Valley tactic of belittling and attacking the opposition

Loved in the article in The Ridgewood News where I believe it was the PR Representative for Mr. Saraceno/The Enclave stated that, “The crackpot opinions of lay people have to be weighed for what they are”. Very nice. Not sure how calling people crackpots is going to help push through your development.

This is the exact same tactic that Valley has been employing for years. Anyone that dares to disagree with us is part of an ignorant minority. Those that don’t know history.

Funny none of the “The crackpot lay people”  walked off with $460,000 worth of quarters right under everyone at Village Hall’s nose .

None of “The crackpot lay people” spent $500,000 on a toilet for vets field .

None of “The crackpot lay people”spent $9 million on renovating the Village Hall from flood damage only nto have it flooded out on the very first rain ..

the list is almost endless

From turf fields in flood zones , banning banks , higher density housing means less traffic  to math classes that dont involve addition .

But Since you continue to ask none of “The crackpot lay people” would have even considered highering a Profession “crack pot” like Marty Brooks to be Superintendent of Schools . The BOE had spent countless amounts of tax payer money to a “search firm” which somehow failed to report Marty’s very checkered past . The first 30 pages of a Google search turned up among other things , the “WE HATE MARTY BROOKS ” website , a petition signed by over 800 parents  looking to have him removed from his job in Long Island  and a whole host of derogatory information . This blog was contacted by those same caring parents looking warn the Village of our coming doom . Education after all is about kids learning something , its not about teachers unions, overpaid administrators or wasteful pet projects . The Village ended up after a bit with a highly qualified , local resident Daniel Fishbein who was clearly the right choice to begin with , you can not possible tell me that the schools , though having some ups and downs are not far more focused on the “Tradition of Excellence ” now than they were then .

The point once again is perhaps its time to start questioning the judgement of many of the so called “experts “, and start listening to all the “lay people”.

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Keep an open mind on new housing

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Keep an open mind on new housing

APRIL 4, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014, 12:31 AM
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Keep an open mind on new housing
Ed Sullivan

to the editor:

The year 1915 saw great change in Ridgewood when the first multifamily building went up at 263 Franklin Ave., where it still stands today. As demand grew, six more apartment complexes were added through the 1920s.

“Will these new apartments destroy our village?” residents must have asked.

Sound familiar? With a Master Plan amendment currently before the Ridgewood Planning Board, this question has emerged again.

The apartment building history of Ridgewood shows a pattern: The first apartments went up 90-100 years ago. Responding to post-war demand, a second wave of 15 complexes followed during the 1950s-60s.

With each wave, Ridgewood embraced the new while preserving the “old.” History tells us that Ridgewood has a wonderful capacity to adapt to the times while maintaining its excellent schools, charming character and vibrant downtown.

Fifty years after the last significant apartment build-out, new demographic forces are driving a third round, driven by baby boomers and young people.

Empty nesters and baby boomers like me are downsizing at an accelerating pace, but we do not wish to live in a senior community.

Today’s active boomers and retirees desire a modern, high-end option, with amenities and conveniences that come with a walkable downtown setting.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-letters-to-the-editor/letter-keep-an-open-mind-on-new-housing-1.841702#sthash.gup9CJqI.dpuf

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Debate continues on proposed multifamily housing in Ridgewood

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Debate continues on proposed multifamily housing in Ridgewood

APRIL 4, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
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Few new developments were announced at Tuesday’s Planning Board hearing on proposed changes to the village master plan that would allow high-density multifamily housing in the downtown, though the debate rages on.

The hearings – and increasing public criticism of the projects – have been ongoing since December. More than two years ago, several developers came forward with proposals for downtown multifamily housing developments that are not allowed under the current master plan, prompting a series of Planning Board workshops prior to the hearings.

On Tuesday, after the Planning Board spent nearly three hours questioning the two planners representing three current housing proposals, opposition leaders expressed some optimism, believing that this questioning indicated improved scrutiny of the projects. But representatives of the developers continue to insist that public skepticism appears to be based on misconceptions, not facts.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/debate-continuesfor-developers-planners-cbr-1.841684#sthash.LxOLBVXQ.dpuf

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Developer says projects can save Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Developer says projects can save Ridgewood’s Central Business District

APRIL 4, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER

John Saraceno is aware that many of his Ridgewood neighbors, for varying reasons, oppose his plan to construct 52 luxury apartments near the intersection of North Maple and Franklin avenues. But the developer and village resident contends that downtown multifamily housing will have a greater positive impact on the municipality than what others believe.

Hosting his third informal open house for interested residents last Thursday, Saraceno hoped to address any lingering concerns and speak to the specifics of his proposed apartment complex, dubbed the Enclave. What he encountered were many faces new to his application as well as the separate plans for the Chestnut Village and the Dayton housing projects.

The Ridgewood Planning Board is currently considering an amendment to the village’s master plan that, if approved, would rezone sections of the Central Business District (CBD) and allow the development of high-density, multifamily housing. As it presently reads, the master plan does not permit these types of projects.

Opponents of the amendment argue that the sheer volume of apartments will create an influx of new residents, which will lead to increased vehicular traffic and overloaded schools. Other contentions include the added burden on Ridgewood’s aging infrastructure as well as a fairness argument — some have made claims that out-of-towners rent apartments, thereby avoiding property tax bills, simply to send their children to the village’s public schools.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/developer-projects-can-save-cbd-housing-proposals-1.841692#sthash.kD7kvl3H.dpuf