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Van Emburgh Avenue Apartment complex would have negative impact on local community


Our quiet, serene, beautiful and peaceful neighborhood on Van Emburgh Avenue stretching from Washington Township into Ridgewood and made up of 100 percent single family homes is about to be shattered by a court-ordered imposition of a 44-unit apartment complex. This mandate is to satisfy some nebulous rules about complying with Affordable Housing politically-correct social engineering forced on our town by the state.

I spoke against this mandate at a recent Township of Washington Planning Board for the following reasons: Many of the Township and Village residents moved here specifically to get away from densely-packed areas which have multi-family complexes.

The construction mud and noise pollution will disrupt our peaceful lives and enshroud us in a cloud of dust and dirt probably for something like two years. The now-empty land parcel they are plopping this monstrosity in is practically across the street from Immaculate Heart Academy High School. This will mean that the dozens and dozens of parents who drop their daughters off at school each morning will now be competing in traffic with arriving construction workers — excavators, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, roofers, painters, sheetrockers and landscapers, etc.

Since most people nowadays have two cars, and are two-worker households, that will mean that 88 more cars belonging to potential residents will join the traffic during the early mornings; and that number of cars doesn’t even include arriving faculty.

The loud sounds of earth movers, bulldozers, backhoes, bucket loaders, cement trucks and dump trucks as well as huge rigs delivering lumber, massive sanitary and storm pipes, roofing supplies, siding and landscaping materials will disrupt our peaceful existence.

Even if 12 of the residents of the 44-unit apartment complex have children, that means 100 brand new instant neighbors on our street.

The trouble with politically-correct mandated solutions to social concerns is that they don’t take into consideration the impact on the existing local governments. The prime example being the local school system population, police, fire, street sweeping and snow removal.

I want to urge the Township of Washington and The Village of Ridgewood to join Park Ridge and Hillsdale to put the question of “Affordable Housing” rules on the November ballot and put pressure on our state Legislature to straighten out the rules and regulations of these mandated nightmares.

Edward Galorenzo

Washington Township

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Republican Leader Jon Bramnick plans to urge an emergency vote blocking court-imposed high-density housing

Republican Leader Jon Bramnick

July 25,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi shared Assemblyman Jon Bramnick’s post. In a satement on Facebook Schepisi said , “We keep fighting the good fight. Thank you Leader Jon Bramnick for understanding the urgency of providing immediate legislative solutions to the threat of over development in our communities.”

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick — New Jersey State Assembly Member for District 21

During next week’s July 31 Assembly voting session, Republican Leader Jon Bramnick plans to urge an emergency vote blocking court-imposed high-density housing.

“I am aggressively moving forward to protect towns and help mayors and councils stop court-mandated high-density housing by urging my colleagues to pass Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s legislative solution,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “With every passing day municipalities are incurring unrecoverable expense from these unnecessary lawsuits. This is a bi-partisan issue that has dire consequences. The legislature should take action now.”

Bramnick will work to move Holly Schepisi’s Assembly bill 4666 for an emergency vote, requiring support from 60 legislators to pass.