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Governor Phil Murphy Puts Focus on Historic Preservation Tax Credit as Part of Incentives Reform Package

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PATERSON NJ, the Bergen County Historical Society says, “This could be a game changer when it comes to historic preservation in NJ. Saving historic structures that provide communities their identities makes sense.”

On a street lined with former silk mills, only blocks away from the Great Falls of Paterson, Governor Phil Murphy detailed a new historic preservation tax credit program as part of his vision for incentives reform. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit will serve to revitalize and fully realize the potential of New Jersey’s storied cities and towns.

“50 Spruce Street is one of hundreds, if not thousands of similar buildings in our state that have vast unfulfilled potential and can be restored to their former glory and repurposed for modern day use,” said Governor Murphy. “Historic preservation tax credits have helped other states preserve and utilize their historic buildings. These beautiful structures are often hidden in plain sight and are waiting for the right investor. We are here to help with that.”

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Historic Preservation Comission Amendment to Meeting Schedule
Special Public Meeting
Thursday, April 26, 2018

In accordance with the provisions of the “Open Public Meetings Act,” please be advised that Village of Ridgewood Historic Preservation Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. The meeting is to be held in the Garden Room on the ground floor in Village Hall. The Village Hall is located at 131 North Maple Avenue in Ridgewood. At this time, the agenda for the meeting is limited to discussion of the application for a subdivision at 401 Mountain Avenue.
All meetings of the Ridgewood Planning Board (i.e., official public meetings, work session meetings, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings which are open to members of the general public.
Michael Cafarelli
Secretary to the Board

c: HPC Members
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*Note: This is not for publication in the legal ad section. It is a general announcement.

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Historic Preservation Commission Meeting : Yet another example of the misinformation regarding the presentation of the Hudson Street Parking garage For Ridgewood

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photo by Saurabh Dani

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last night I videotaped the Historic Preservation Commission meeting and the full recording of everything I shot can be viewed here:

My camera angle had an obstructed point of view of the drawings presented, but they can be viewed here:…/423-hudson-street-parking-deck

Last night was unfortunately yet another example of how our local government is conducting business. The misinformation regarding the presentation of this parking garage is in glaring view.

For such a massive project that is going to cost us millions of dollars, why can’t we get a proper view of how this proposed garage is really going to look? Why isn’t there a 3D rendering, both virtual as well as a physical model built of the garage as well as the other buildings, so that we can truly understand what is being proposed? Why is the proposed garage still not residing inside of the municipal lot footprint? Why does the “Plan D” proposal that the Village Council voted in favor of on January 27th now have only one lane of vehicular travel, when for that vote there were two driving lanes?

Lastly, the treatment of Councilwoman Knudsen by other members of our government as well as the architectural firm was beyond reproach. Her concerns were dismissed by Commissioner Parillo – as was her vote. This is not how we treat a Councilwoman or anyone for that matter.

Once again, we as residents are faced with difficult choices. Many of us want a garage, but this is not how to do it.

On March 23rd, the Village Council will be voting on this proposed garage as well as the high density housing issue. I strongly encourage you to mark your calendars for that evening and to share your concerns with our Village Council and members of the Historic Preservation Commission in the meantime.

There is so much that can be done with improving our wonderful village, but let’s do it right and with care.

Thanks for listening.

Dana Glazer
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Village of Ridgewood Seeks Resident Volunteers for Various Boards and Committees

Village Council Meeting

file photo by Boyd Loving



The Village Council is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees: Community Relations Advisory Board; Library Board of Trustees; Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board; Open Space Committee; Project Pride Committee; Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee; Citizens Safety Advisory Committee; Historic Preservation Commission; The Green Team; and the Shade Tree Commission.

All interested residents should:

1. Fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under “Forms”)

2. Prepare a cover letter indicating on which board or committee the resident wishes to serve and a brief explanation as to why the resident chose the particular board(s) or committee(s)

3. Include a biography or resume

and send all of them to:

Heather Mailander
Village Clerk
Village of Ridgewood
131 North Maple Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Deadline for submissions is November 25, 2015.

A brief description for each Board/Committee is listed below:

The Community Relations Advisory Board promotes the development and implementation of educational programs which celebrate our diversity and provides offers assistance to victims of bias-related crimes.

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Ridgewood Mayor’s column was unbalanced

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Ridgewood Mayor’s column was unbalanced

NOVEMBER 13, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015, 12:31 AM

Newspaper column was ‘unbalanced’

To the Editor:

Well, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

In his recap of activities associated with the recent non-binding parking garage referendum (“A big day for Ridgewood,” The Ridgewood News, Friday, Nov. 6, page A6), Mayor Paul Aronsohn did not hesitate to heavily criticize the “anti-parking garage” mailer, but failed to even mention the brouhaha connected with a non-factual letter of endorsement written by the Historic Preservation Commission’s chairperson, Mr. Vincent Parrillo.

I can’t imagine why Mr. Aronsohn didn’t think an inaccurate letter of endorsement, allegedly written at the request of either himself or Deputy Mayor Albert Pucciarelli, wasn’t worth mentioning in his summation of significant referendum related activities/issues. He devoted over 80 words of criticism to the mailer, but devoted not even one word to the bogus endorsement. This strikes me as being both an unbalanced and unjust report to your readers.

And why is the mayor so concerned about the mailer having been sent from Newark? Are there people working or living in Newark that we should be concerned about? Would it have made a difference to him if the mailer was postmarked from Ridgewood?

Boyd A. Loving



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Bogus Historic Preservation Commission Endorsement letter Jeopardizes Entire Parking Garage Approval Process


November 1,2015
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Ridgewood Nj, Is the latest controversy over the so called Historic Preservation Commission Endorsement letter of the downtown parking garage enough to derail the entire project ?

“Any endorsement from the Village of Ridgewood Historic Preservation Commission will have great influence on Village residents. Hence, to ensure its integrity, such a letter must be held to the highest standard of accuracy.  Mr. Parrillo’s 10/23 letter is not reflective of any discussion amongst HPC members during the October 2015 meeting.  The October 8 meeting was merely a courtesy review. Members reflected on the appropriateness of the structure  in the Historic Central Business District. Discussion topics included size, height, mass, cantilevers, sconces,  arches, parapets and more.      At no time was there any talk of “approval” nor was there any discussion about encouraging residents to vote “yes” on November 3.  It never happened.  Mr. Parrillo certainly could have composed a letter reflecting his own views. I wish he had chosen to do so.” Councilwomen Susan Knudsen.

“I believe that it is highly inappropriate for any elected official to so openly and blatantly work so diligently to promote a project that they themselves have arranged to be voted on in a public election. We need to carefully consider the information available and show the public that their input matters. Promoting a yes vote shows residents that your mind is made up regardless of available information or opinions reducing the referendum to a sham.

To your point on the Historic Preservation Commission’s endorsement letter, it is unfortunate that that committee’s integrity has been compromised, and it has basically been reduced to the council majority’s sounding board. With all of the other parking propaganda floating around the chair of that committee should have just wrote a letter supporting the project as a resident without dragging the HPC into all of this noise. ” Councilmen Michael Sedon

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Controversy over Historic Preservation Commission Letter on Village Website Grows

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October 23, 2015 

At its monthly meeting on October 15th, the Historic Preservation Commission met with representatives from Desman Associates regarding the proposed parking garage on Hudson Street and Broad Avenue. Many people realize Ridgewood’s need for such a facility as part of our infrastructure. 
However, the commissioners were, and remain, primarily concerned with the visual impact of this multi-story structure on the streetscape. For example, a strictly functional, concrete construction—such as the new parking garage in Hackensack—would not only present a modern, monolithic contrast to the small-scale, older-style buildings on those streets, but also would create a visual barrier from the opposite street sides. 
What is needed here is an architectural design that acts as a seam, harmoniously joining together the sides of both streets, and thus maintains the character of the district. Happily, one architectural design—the one we endorse—offers an excellent complement to the streetscape. Its brick façade, varied surface dimensions and upper sightlines; the streetlevel, arched pedestrian walkways; and corner tower combine to produce an edifice that works. It incorporates elements of what already exists in nearby buildings, thereby complementing what is there, while cleverly muting the reality that it is a parking garage. 
Also, the design team has agreed to return to an HPC meeting for its review of the final plans to enable us to ensure the compatibility of the garage with its neighborhood. 
Taking all of this into consideration, the Historic Preservation Commission supports approval of the parking garage and encourages all residents to vote “yes” for the November 3rd referendum. 
Vincent N. Parrillo, 
Chair Ridgewood Historic Preservation Commission



Dear Roberta,
Please immediately  remove the Historic Preservation Commission letter, dated 10/23/15, from the Village website. (reference:

The letter does not accurately reflect the Historic Preservation Commission meeting held on October 8, 2015.  Minutes and audio are available from Michael Cafarelli or I can send a direct link to access.

Thank you,


Dear Susan,

As you know from the email we received today at 2:57 PM, Vince Parrillo stands by the letter and has affirmed through polling all of the HPC members today (one could not be reached) that they all agree that the letter truly reflects the HPC position.

Thanks, Roberta

Best regards,


Roberta Sonenfeld
Village Manager
201-670-5500, ext. 203

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The Ridgewood Council honored Wrubel with a proclamation that thanked him for his lengthy service as a member of the village’s Historic Preservation Commission


The Ridgewood Council honored Wrubel with a proclamation that thanked him for his lengthy service as a member of the village’s Historic Preservation Commission

Ridgewood ‘gem’ lays foundation for the future

MAY 16, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014, 12:31 AM

To refer to Arthur Wrubel as a notable Ridgewood resident would be a vast understatement; after all, much of the village’s overall appearance today and in the future can and will be traced to his concepts and handy work.The Ridgewood Council honored Wrubel with a proclamation that thanked him for his lengthy service as a member of the village’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) while acknowledging his long list of architectural and planning projects here and throughout the world.

Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh said the village has “a gem” in Wrubel.

Walsh recalled her early years in elected office, when she served as the council liaison to the HPC, which was tasked with receiving and reviewing an array of applications for any exterior building changes. She recalled that Wrubel “would segue into the history of the property,” which Walsh said she found fascinating.

“I was the student listening to Art at those meetings,” she said. “I’m so happy I can call you a friend now.”

Councilman Tom Riche said he worked with Wrubel while serving on the HPC as the liaison from the Planning Board. During that time, Riche observed Wrubel’s “historical knowledge and love for preserving architecture,” characteristics that “served as the inspiration for the group.”