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Ridgewood Chamber’s plan back out to bid


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Ridgewood Chamber’s plan back out to bid
Friday September 13, 2013, 2:12 PM
The Ridgewood News

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce’s large-scale plan to introduce a new retail building and at least one parking garage to the Central Business District has hit a snag: The village did not receive any response to its recent request for proposals (RFP) before last week’s deadline.

A RFP advertised earlier this summer sought developers to convert Lot 12, Block 3703 into a “first-class two-story facility” that would ultimately attract new retailers. The site, located next to The Gap on East Ridgewood Avenue, is currently used as a municipal parking lot.

Though two separate entities expressed preliminary interest in potential development, none responded by the Sept. 5 bid opening date, according to Heather Mailander, Ridgewood’s acting village manager. Mailander said the village will likely re-advertise the RFP, as one of the interested parties intended to respond to the original request but could not do so by the deadline.

The lack of responses surprised some Village Council members, who subsequently raised a number of questions. Mayor Paul Aronsohn brought up two points, wondering if the original RFP was adequately advertised and whether its wording was restrictive or too specific.

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2 thoughts on “Ridgewood Chamber’s plan back out to bid

  1. Did anyone raise the question if the whole idea is stupid?

  2. Ha Ha, #1 – you are right on target!

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