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the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Two-Forty Associates LLC, the company behind the 43-unit Chestnut Village, under construction on Chestnut Street has filed suit against the village, alleging the municipality reneged on previously granted permission to provide special-needs housing, and instead changed its requirement to affordable units. Two-Forty Associates/Chestnut Village is owned by the Bolger family.
The developer claims it has the Ridgewood Planning Board approval to provide off-site special-needs housing with partner West Bergen Mental Healthcare. This approval by the Planning Board predates two other development applications at 257 Ridgewood Avenue LLC (known as The Enclave) and KS Broad Street LLC who are both seeking to provide the same kind of affordable housing.
Ridgewood Village Attorney Matt Rogers told North Jersey Media , “The Enclave filed an application specifically for special needs, where Chestnut Village did not,” and according to Rogers. “Chestnut Village only filed one application, and that application for approval was for affordable units. There is some wording in there that says they may discuss with the town later on with regards to special needs, but their approval was for affordable units.”