Downtown Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD, NJ-The Village of Ridgewood is currently mulling whether to revise its master plan to allow high-density multi-family developments in the downtown district, but some residents are saying not so fast.

At present there are four housing proposals before the village’s Planning Board. One such project, a 52-unit project on East Ridgewood Avenue called The Enclave, was presented last week, according to The Record. Village Planner Blais Brancheau recently completed a study commissioned by the Planning Board into The Enclave and three proposed developments: The Dayton, a 106-unit apartment building for South Broad Street; the 50-unit Chestnut Village on Chestnut Street; and Ridgewood Station, a 114-luxury apartment and retail complex at the former Ken Smith Motors.

However, some village residents say the multi-story projects would ruin the character of the village.

Brancheau has drafted an amendment to the master plan for the Village Council to consider, which sets restrictions on lot sizes, building heights, floor area ratios, units per acre and setbacks. The Planning Board is scheduled to discuss the draft amendment on Feb. 5. See story in The Record.