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Planning Board Meeting – Tuesday night, 7:30 PM at Village Hall

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2009 at 9:24 pm

The folks who conceived Ridgewood’s latest travesty – a proposed 400 foot long, 50 foot high, brick/concrete/steel structure, possibly with minimal setback from it’s proposed South Broad Street location, containing 30,000 square feet of retail space and 88 housing units – will meet beginning at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, January 6 in the Sydney V. Stoldt, Jr. Courtroom at Village Hall, Floor 4, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood.

Show your support for the South Broad Street area, and for the Orchard School community, by coming down to Village Hall on Tuesday night and saying hello to your neighbors listed below, who conspired as a group in several Executive (closed/private) Sessions to devastate one of Ridgewood’s most historically significant and culturally diverse neighborhoods:

Planning Board Members:

David Nicholson – Chairman
Albert Pucciarelli – Vice Chairman
David Pfund – Mayor
Ann Zusy – Councilwoman
Morgan Hurley
James Bombace
Anne Ward
Nick Tsapatsaris
Charles Nalbantian
Richard Barclay – Alternate Member
Thomas Riche – Alternate Member

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  1. Except for the VC members I don’t know who any of these people are. The COAH project and other recent planning board projects have a great impact on this town.

    Who are these people and are they really up to the task? Do they have their own reasons for approving certain projects? Are there any conflict of interest issues?

  2. All of these people are appointed by the VC. None is elected. The whole thing STINKS.

  3. Yes, everyone who is posting here should DEFINITELY COME and watch the show as your elected officials publicly stick it to you.

  4. Pfund has known about this looming deadline. Now he is operating in emergency mode. He is going to rush the project through on Broad Street.

    I am sure that since he doesn’t live near the business district he is happy with the location. Do any of the planning board members live near Broad Street?

  5. Where is the Historic Commission in all of this? Those do-nothings got passed over on this project.

  6. Let’s stop the insanity. COAH housing is a fact people…we can’t prevent it. So, let’s not waste everyone’s time and energy. Let’s simply put our effort into discussing/agreeing where suitable available land exists and how it can be built in a fiscally responsible manner with tasteful aesthetics.

    However, I am curious to hear how a large auto dealership, wall to wall cars in a parking lot, an auto service shop large enough to handle two busses and two auto body repair shops are appropriate in “one of Ridgewood’s most historically significant and culturally diverse neighborhoods”, but a multi-family housing unit with mixed use retail is not. Are you really serious????

  7. The plan was due on
    December 31, 2008, no extensions. I hope that there are no penalties for overdue work.

  8. I believe a member of the planning board owns a law firm that has done work for Valley, but he has not excused himself from the review process. If you have evidence of a conflict of interest you can post on the the State Attorney General whistle blower site.

  9. 4:24

    “…conspired as a group in several Executive (closed/private) Sessions to devastate one of Ridgewood’s most historically significant and culturally diverse neighborhoods…”

    Pretty serious charge. Any proof of this, or do you just like to throw bombs and use big words?

  10. “Pretty serious charge. Any proof of this, or do you just like to throw bombs and use big words?”

    1) There was absolutely NO public discussion on this issue. Everything was discussed in closed session. When the plan was finally made public, the decision to locate all COAH housing on South Broad Street had already been reached.

    2) Residents of South Broad Street were NOT invited to participate in any public information sessions regarding this matter. There have been no such sessions scheduled as of this moment. In summary, those living closest to the proposed project were not even given the courtesy of a heads up.

    That about sums it up.

  11. “However, I am curious to hear how a large auto dealership, wall to wall cars in a parking lot, an auto service shop large enough to handle two busses and two auto body repair shops are appropriate in “one of Ridgewood’s most historically significant and culturally diverse neighborhoods”, but a multi-family housing unit with mixed use retail is not. Are you really serious????”

    Brogan Caddy was pre-exisiting. Any new structures should be desigined an built to provide harmony with the culturally diverse and historic neighborhood.

  12. “Do any of the planning board members live near Broad Street?”

    No; that’s why it’s going to be built on South Broad Street!

  13. 8:42 – the word is recused not excused. And yes, he should definately recuse himself from this matter. Thanks for bringing it up.

  14. And now we are going to have terrible weather – bad luck – now they can do whatever they want (as usual) and few people will be there to have a say.

  15. They should DEFINITELY reschedule the meeting since we are going to have snow tonight. And how about letting EVERYONE know about it.

  16. Does an in-law on valley’s board count as a conflict?

  17. There are some on the board who believe that things worked better “back in the day”. When the planning board met, made decisions and acted. There was no input from residents. The Planning Board yearns for the pre-sunshine law days.

  18. “Brogan Caddy was pre-exisiting. Any new structures should be desigined an built to provide harmony with the culturally diverse and historic neighborhood…”

    Did Brogan Cadillac always own the property on the west side of Broad Street (the proposed site). Certainly, none of the buildings on that side of the street pre-existed the neighborhood. What about the Quick Lube Shop or the landscaping business run out of the back yard of the house next to it? Were Ridgewood Vehicle and Ridgewood Autobody also pre-existing? What about the fitness gym on the east side of the street?

    Please explain how these structures/business “provide harmony” with the neighborhood that a tastefully designed muli-unit housing project with retail would not. Do you know anyone who would CHOOSE to live next to an auto repair shop? Yet, people do. The fact is that housing and retail would be an “upgrade” to the hodge-podge of properties in the area? Or, do you prefer the ugly empty parking lot that makes the area look like some abandoned area in Detroit or Cleveland?

    Please don’t insult anyone’s intelligence by pulling out the “endangered spotted owl” argument that this neigborhood has historical significance and must be preserved as it exists. You sound like a fool.

  19. ” . . . a tastefully designed muli-unit housing project with retail . . . “

    Please explain to me how a structure 50 foot high, 400 foot long, composed of brick, steel, and concrete, with possibly no setback from the sidewalk, be classified as “tastefully designed.” Such a structure would be totally out of character with the homes on South Broad Street and nearby cross streets.

  20. “Certainly, none of the buildings on that side of the street pre-existed the neighborhood” I think that pre-existing refers to the way things were prior to a zoning designation. It does not mean that it existed before something else in the neighborhood.

    If an area is zoned R1 (residential) and there happens to be a deli in it when zoning was determined, the deli is a pre-existing building. It does not mean that other commercial establishments can be builts in the neighborhood – unless the establishment is owned by a planning board member.

  21. “culturally diverse”

    Since when did this blog care about such PC nonsense?

  22. The planning board clearly is run by a bunch of people who do not want any input, have their own agendas, and want to be completely autonomous. Mr. Pfund and Ms. Zusy are the VC reps and they have already demonstrated their unreliability and shaky records. Mr. Pucciarelli – well, look at the other posting about him. He is posing as a village volunteer when in fact it is all about him.

  23. Can anybody tell me what went down at last night’s Planning Board meeting? There must have been a lot of residents voicing their displeasure.

  24. Nice try 6:27…

    The poster, who claimed Brgan was “pre-existing” was not referencing any zoning. Nor were any of the prior posts. The poster was very specifically and obviously trying to suggest that a “culturally diverse and historic neighborhood” somehow cropped up around a car dealership.

    Regardless, there are numerous other businesses that did not pre-date the neighborhood or any zoning change. I am still trying to figure out what makes this neighborhood any more culturally diverse than mine or why it is “historic”. Has the Historic Preservation Board deemed a property there as historic?

    I would also like to know how many of the homes in the immediate area along Broad Street and vicinity actually have a line of sight to the proposed site and, of those, how many are rental properties. Is there anyone contributing to this thread, who actually lives on Broad Street and can answer those questions?

    Regardless, multi-unit housing can easily be designed to be aesthetically appealing and tasteful. It is done all the time. And, it will be very difficult to make a compelling case that housing and retail are, somehow, less harmonious with the current neighborhood than car dealerships, auto body shops, fitness clubs, landscaping companies or a huge empty parking lot.

  25. When looking at Broad
    Street I don’t care about the other businesses. I wonder why people would want to live in downtown Ridgewood. Why do we need to pack more people into a dense area. Where will these people park? I have trouble parking in town. This is the suburbs, why are we building up an urban center?

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