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As Expected Study says housing complexes would ease village traffic
Monday, February 18, 2013
BY CHRIS HARRIS
RIDGEWOOD — A study commissioned by the village shows that four high-density, multifamily housing complexes proposed for downtown could alleviate traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety.
A major concern for residents opposed to the developments is that they would bring more traffic to an already congested village.
But a traffic planner hired by Ridgewood disagrees.
John Jahr of Maser Consulting last week presented his findings from a traffic study focused on Ridgewood Station — a 114-unit luxury apartment and retail complex at the former Ken Smith Motors dealership.
“Three developers have come before us,” Jahr said. “All have generated traffic impact studies and they have all kindly understood these developments will have an impact on traffic. Ridgewood already has a significant traffic situation.”
Saying the village was a “victim of its own success,” Jahr said that Ridgewood has “over-capacity issues with traffic.” However, he noted the “developers have indicated that they will mitigate [their projects’] impact on traffic.”