Major Commercial Development Project proposed for Broad Street
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Mountain View Auto now owns three adjoining properties on Broad Street (246-264 S. Broad St. —just north of Highwood Ave.). It is asking the Village to approve major zoning changes to allow it to triple the size of its auto body repair shop and to build a large, 2-story office building.
If approved, this would permanently change our residential neighborhood by allowing a major commercial expansion, with negative effects on traffic, the environment, and the very nature of our community.
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Currently, the property is zoned as 2-family residential, but the existing auto body shop is allowed because it was built before the 2-family zoning was put in place.
This proposed project is completely contrary to the Village’s recently passed Master Plan. The proposed shop would have 22 bays for cars being worked on and parking for 76 cars under repair.
– This would be a major commercial expansion into a neighborhood that is zoned for 2-family residences.
– Multiple churches and schools are located within blocks of the site.
– Mountain View is seeking 9 major variances in addition to its requested zoning changes (affecting setbacks on all sides, height, parking spaces, etc).
– The buildings would cover 32% of the lot and abut existing multi-family residences. – Standing 32-feet tall, the proposed two-story building would tower over the neighborhood. – Landscaping will not shield the neighborhood.
– There are no apparent benefits to the neighborhood.
– The expansion would cause a major increase in traffic on Broad Street and intersecting streets. – There would be significantly more tow trucks bringing in damaged vehicles, more customers dropping o and picking up vehicles, more delivery trucks stopping regularly, and cars being dropped o at night on already busy, two-lane Broad Street.
– Likely use of Highwood Avenue for customer and employee parking, as the site does not have sucient parking spaces.
– Increased employee traffic.
– A now-dangerous intersection at Highwood & Broad will endanger the safety of neighborhood children traveling to Orchard or Friends Nursery School.
– Increased noise and air pollution from additional car and truck traffic, air pollution from paints and chemicals used inside the shop.
– Possible pollution from runoff of gas/oil/chemicals or substances not currently identified as dangerous. (PROA and PFOS).
– Multi-family homes are close to the property lines on both sides of the property.
The complete zoning application is available on the Ridgewood Village website at: https://tinyurl.com/kzajz9br .