the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, according to the Facebook group Ridgewood Citizens for Reasonable Development :
“Kensington Senior Living wants to build a 96-unit, 4-5 story tall, assisted living complex on Broad Street… on just 1.8 acres (RW Auto Body site). This street is already impacted by two huge new apartment complexes under construction, plus the new parking garage. Despite receiving reasonable feedback in 2019 from a majority of the Council (Knudsen, Sedon, Coughlan-Walsh) that now is not the time for more large-scale development – as we need to digest the current construction and ascertain the real impacts – Kensingston has found a way back before the council this coming Wednesday 6/3 at 7:30pm (… yes, this is concerning too). Residents cannot physically attend or speak at this meeting and the presentation is happening less than a month before the new Council takes over.
On 6/3, Kensington will specifically ask the Council to refer their proposal to the Planning Board.
RCRD supports the position that now is not the time for this.
As advocates for reasonable, moderate-scaled planning in Ridgewood, we are concerned that adding more large-scale constructions will extend the era of over-building and set bad precedent enabling even more over-sized development in the future.
RCRD fully supports development of new age-friendly housing and senior living options in Ridgewood… but they should be ‘reasonable’ and fitting in size, scale and density – truly in keeping with Ridgewood’s Master Plan – and they must put residents before profits.
We believe Ridgewood should wait to (1) fully evaluate the impacts of the projects now being built, and (2) complete its new Master Plan before considering any new CBD developments.
Please share this with friends and family.
In the coming months, RCRD may call on you to contact your Council-members to voice your opinion. For now, we just want to make you aware of this issue.
An Open Letter from Kensington Senior Living to the Village of Ridgewood (December 3, 2019 )