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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Village Council has once again put HealthBarn USA’s future at Habernickel Park’s Gate House on hold , The Village Council agreed to delay a new lease offer until the cost of repairs to the building is known.
HealthBarn Foundation was recently awarded a $1 million grant. Bergen County Commissioner and former Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache said the grant program is mutually beneficial: feeding people in need and assisting restaurants. As the politically targeted grant money was spread around the Village central business district and patronage jobs were handed out the Village of Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and Village Restaurants jumped on the gravy train and backed a new lease for Healthbarn USA,
But not so fast ,according to North Jersey Media ,’Mayor Susan Knudsen and the other two council members said they favored waiting until repair bids were obtained to decide whether the costs outweighed the income to be derived from its rent. They also expressed joint concern about the current HealthBarn arrangement.”
The HealthBarn USA controversy began when it signed a five-year some would say below market rate lease in 2016 to teach classes in healthy eating and food preparation after the village failed to find a residential tenant for the Gate House at the 10-acre horse farm property it had purchased in 2004. The park also has public trails and sports fields.