It has been revealed that Village Council members will vote Friday evening on a plan to construct 90 affordable housing units at an as yet undisclosed location within the Village. Per current COAH regulations, a formal plan to construct these units must be approved by Council members prior to midnight on December 31, 2008. Failure to formalize a construction plan by the aforementioned deadline could theoretically expose the Village to multiple lawsuits by private developers.
The proposed location of the 90 affordable housing units will remain a closely guarded secret until Friday evening. At one time, the David Bolger property on Chestnut Street was on the short list. However, Mr. Bolger’s planned construction of a massive self storage facility there nixed that idea. The Schedler property on West Saddle River Road was also on the short list. It was recently removed from consideration after Village Council members authorized its purchase for Open Space use.
Locations now rumored to be under consideration include:
Ken Smith Motors on Franklin Avenue (condemnation required) – Ridge School District
Former Brogan Cadillac property on South Broad Street (condemnation required) – Orchard School District
North Walnut Street municipal parking lot, between East Ridgewood Avenue and Franklin Avenue – Ridge School District
Hudson Street municipal parking lot, between Prospect Street and South Broad Street – Orchard School District
Municipal Garage on Chestnut Street – Ridge School District
Municipal compost facility on Lakeview Drive – Orchard School District