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Ridgewood officials mull plan to address abandoned properties

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Ridgewood officials mull plan to address abandoned properties

MAY 16, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER

Ridgewood officials will soon have new guidelines to refer to when dealing with owners of abandoned commercial and residential properties.

The Village Council introduced an ordinance on Wednesday to adopt the state’s “Abandoned Property and Rehabilitation Act” for Ridgewood’s own village code.

The council has been discussing abandoned properties in Ridgewood since the issue was raised by Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck earlier this year. Hauck discussed the guidelines with the council at a meeting in March.

Hauck said she knew of a few locations within Ridgewood, which she did not name, where owners have let their properties go into disrepair, and she believed that putting the state’s guidelines in Ridgewood’s code could help village officials put more pressure on these individuals.

“We have to create a system whereby people know that they’re on record as being a problem,” she said at last Wednesday’s council meeting.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/village-officials-mull-plan-to-address-abandoned-properties-1.1017425

7 thoughts on “Ridgewood officials mull plan to address abandoned properties

  1. Why do I smell an agenda here?

  2. #1 you smell agenda because they’re like behinds everyone has one and they all stink!!!

  3. Big Al the Developers Friend must be behind this and you know it stinks.


  4. Anonymous:

    Why do I smell an agenda here?

    Perhaps this is the only way the Village can get hold of the old Town Garage property without having to pay a fortune in legal fees or property acquisition costs.

  5. How do you thin Knudsen and Sedona will vote?

  6. So you like the old Town Garage property as it is #3 ? Perhaps this is just an attempt to force the owner to maintain the property with some reasonable upkeep ? Personally, I think it’s an eyesore and distracts from the character of the CBD. It’s potentially also dangerous. If there is already a state “Abandoned Property and Rehabilitation Act” that gives the Council more leverage to force owners to maintain vacant properties, then what is wrong with that ? Or maybe you own the old Town Garage and are waiting for Ben & Jerry’s to expand ?


  7. Anonymous:

    How do you thin Knudsen and Sedona will vote?

    They’re a block like Riche and Walsh ?

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