Zoning Board Denies Application for 60 apartments

Thank you to the WCL Zoning Board for unanimously denying the application for 60 apartments at 188 Broadway.

Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word, attended meetings, questioned the applicant’s experts and made your voice heard.

The members of the Zoning Board heard the applicant’s testimony and agreed with the residents that this project does not belong in Woodcliff Lake.

The Zoning Board shared their concerns of a 24/7 traffic flow on an already busy and dangerous intersection;  a multi-family complex without sufficient open or green space;  proportion of density and proximity to residential homes; lack of benefit to our town; lack of satisfactory proof that the existing office use is a challenge; does not offer any amenities for WCL “empty nesters” which the applicant claimed would be their typical renter.

Thank you to the Zoning Board for seeing the impact of this on a broader scale, not just one section but all of Woodcliff Lake.

Thank you Zoning Board members for seeing the applicant’s traffic studies as “sugar coated” and trying to “sell” the “downsizing” renter profile.

Thank you Zoning Board members for understanding that we are not in a “vacuum”. We share schools and ambulance with our neighboring towns which are dealing with their own over-development.

The Zoning Board members agreed that this project would be a significant change to WCL’s character and that stand-alone multi-family units should be an ordinance decision made by the Mayor & Council.

Thank you again to the Zoning Board members and to all who helped Stop Over-Development in Woodcliff Lake.

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Zoning Board Denies Application for 60 apartments

Thank you to the WCL Zoning Board for unanimously denying the application for 60 apartments at 188 Broadway.

Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word, attended meetings, questioned the applicant’s experts and made your voice heard.

The members of the Zoning Board heard the applicant’s testimony and agreed with the residents that this project does not belong in Woodcliff Lake.

The Zoning Board shared their concerns of a 24/7 traffic flow on an already busy and dangerous intersection;  a multi-family complex without sufficient open or green space;  proportion of density and proximity to residential homes; lack of benefit to our town; lack of satisfactory proof that the existing office use is a challenge; does not offer any amenities for WCL “empty nesters” which the applicant claimed would be their typical renter.

Thank you to the Zoning Board for seeing the impact of this on a broader scale, not just one section but all of Woodcliff Lake.

Thank you Zoning Board members for seeing the applicant’s traffic studies as “sugar coated” and trying to “sell” the “downsizing” renter profile.

Thank you Zoning Board members for understanding that we are not in a “vacuum”. We share schools and ambulance with our neighboring towns which are dealing with their own over-development.

The Zoning Board members agreed that this project would be a significant change to WCL’s character and that stand-alone multi-family units should be an ordinance decision made by the Mayor & Council.

Thank you again to the Zoning Board members and to all who helped Stop Over-Development in Woodcliff Lake.

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Do You Know What’s Happening On Broadway?

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Do You Know What’s Happening On Broadway?

Being Considered by Town Officials

Denied – July 23rd, 2019 Unanimous Vote by the Zoning Board

Be present at upcoming Town Meetings at Boro Hall:

1) The owners of the office building at 188 Broadway have applied to the Zoning Board for variances to change the commercial building to residential to include:

  • 28 One Bedroom and 8 Two Bedroom Apts in the existing building
  • Build a another 3 Story Building on the same site with 18 One Bedroom and 6 two Bedroom Units.

Total of 60 High Density Apartments at 188 Broadway (15% Affordable Housing). *Note: Our Town has fulfilled it’s Affordable Housing obligations; therefore there is no need for additional affordable housing units to be constructed.

Do You Want Broadway “Urbanized” with 130 Apartments?

Denied by Zoning Board

60 Rental Units – 188 Broadway – DENIED

Approved

16 Affordable Housing Units – Highview

12 Affordable Housing Units – VFW

10 Units Affordable Housing – Coles Crossing

14 Rental Units + 4 Commercial – 62 Broadway (Recently Built)

18 Affordable Housing Units – Broadway Village (Built approx 20 years ago)

60 Being Considered      38 Approved
14 Recently Built      18 Built approx 20 Years ago

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Don’t forget to include the currently 26 trips per day into the WCL train station. This causes backups not only on Broadway, but on Prospect, Highview and the Causeway.

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Upcoming Town Official Plans

The areas that have been classified as “In Need of Re-Development” will come up for review (this means that the existing zoning laws do not have to be adhered to and can be changed):

  1. The Affordable Housing at Broadway/Highview which has been approved to be built – the rules under which this area will be developed will come up for review. There is concern about height, density, setback and overall design.
  2. The VFW Affordable Housing which has been approved to be built – the rules under which this are will be developed will come up for review.
  3. Lot 14 (Old Barn) adjacent to the Railroad Train Station has also been approved as an area in need of Re-Development – the rules under which this area will be developed will come up for review. There has been discussion of converting the Barn to a restaurant. Originally the Mayor & Council wanted to increase parking for commuters and improve the Barn. Instead they are now considering a commercial venture. There is concern about ample commuter parking, safety and increased traffic on the causeway.

What does this mean to the Quality of Life for All WCL Residents?

  • Increased Taxes:

    • With an additional 35% increase in households on the East Side, the school district will see a dramatic rise in enrollment
    • Increased Services for the police force, fire equipment and first responders will cause tax increases
  • Lower Property Values:

    • Property Values will decrease due to the overdevelopment and “Ubranization” of the Broadway Corridor
    • The proposed 60 apartments are equivalent to three blocks of residential homes; but the taxes paid by the 188 Broadway property will be much lower than the average tax revenue from residential properties. Therefore, all other tax payers will have to pay the difference to cover for the additional resources and services which will be needed.
  • High Density – Traffic Congestion:

    • With the proposed 60 rental apartments, in addition to the already 70 Affordable Housing Units (built or to be built soon), the Causeway, Broadway, Prospect and Highview will be impacted with high density and increased traffic which will cause gridlock.
    • Traffic studies show that each household makes on average 10 trips in/out daily per vehicle
    • Currently 26 trains stop daily at the WCL train station, which causes vehicular delays and backups on Prospect, Highview, Broadway and the Causeway, etc.
  • SAFETY Implications:

    • Increased traffic gridlock will affect the response time for the police, fire and ambulance squad which may endanger the lives of the East Side Residents.
  • “Urbanization” of WCL

  • Altered Character of Woodcliff Lake

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