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Developer says projects can save Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Developer says projects can save Ridgewood’s Central Business District

APRIL 4, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER

John Saraceno is aware that many of his Ridgewood neighbors, for varying reasons, oppose his plan to construct 52 luxury apartments near the intersection of North Maple and Franklin avenues. But the developer and village resident contends that downtown multifamily housing will have a greater positive impact on the municipality than what others believe.

Hosting his third informal open house for interested residents last Thursday, Saraceno hoped to address any lingering concerns and speak to the specifics of his proposed apartment complex, dubbed the Enclave. What he encountered were many faces new to his application as well as the separate plans for the Chestnut Village and the Dayton housing projects.

The Ridgewood Planning Board is currently considering an amendment to the village’s master plan that, if approved, would rezone sections of the Central Business District (CBD) and allow the development of high-density, multifamily housing. As it presently reads, the master plan does not permit these types of projects.

Opponents of the amendment argue that the sheer volume of apartments will create an influx of new residents, which will lead to increased vehicular traffic and overloaded schools. Other contentions include the added burden on Ridgewood’s aging infrastructure as well as a fairness argument — some have made claims that out-of-towners rent apartments, thereby avoiding property tax bills, simply to send their children to the village’s public schools.

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9 thoughts on “Developer says projects can save Ridgewood’s Central Business District

  1. I was unaware the CBD was in danger of dying. Have I missed something here?

  2. Aaaah…Mr. Saraceno is going to be the Village’s savior?

  3. Can we all have the same thing he is smoking?

  4. We’ve also been told that traffic will improve and there will only be 4 additional kids entering the school system. Now we all know that the developers are going to conclude this, but the fact that the Planning Board seems to have bought it leaves them with no credibility.

  5. Also loved in the article in The Ridgewood News where I believe it was the PR Representative for Mr. Saraceno/The Enclave stated that, “The crackpot opinions of lay people have to be weighed for what they are”. Very nice. Not sure how calling people crackpots is going to help push through your development.

  6. Fixed the headline…

    Developer says projects can save Ridgewood’s Central Business District fatten my bank account

  7. It could save downtown at what cost? The rest of the town. That’s it boys line your pockets. The right people are now it place its time to act boys while most of the residents are asleep.

  8. How about that letter in the Ridgewood News. Nice line of bull Ed S.


  9. Anonymous:

    Also loved in the article in The Ridgewood News where I believe it was the PR Representative for Mr. Saraceno/The Enclave stated that, “The crackpot opinions of lay people have to be weighed for what they are”. Very nice. Not sure how calling people crackpots is going to help push through your development.

    This is the exact same tactic that Valley has been employing for years. Anyone that dares to disagree with us is part of an ignorant minority. Those that don’t know history….

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