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December 14, 2021
Broadway Applicant Proposes More Units

An application is being heard by the Zoning Board for 216 Broadway. We all know it as the Faber Brothers Carpet Store location. The building was recently sold. The new owner is seeking to convert the 1st floor into 3 apartments, in addition to the three apartments which occupy the upper level. The underlying zoning […]

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December 4, 2021
Pascack Valley: More Housing = More Classrooms + Higher Taxes

Our neighboring towns (Montvale, Park Ridge, Hillsdale, River Vale, Westwood) are currently experiencing growing pains as they face challenges with high density and maintaining small classes and quality education. In Montvale, a special election referendum is scheduled for December asking its district of 6,808 registered voters to approve $29.4 million for school expansion and upgrades […]

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December 4, 2021
Master Plan Survey Results

The Master Plan Community Survey which purpose was to provide a channel for residents to share their suggestions and concerns to help guide the development of the Master Plan. It was open for 2 months in May and June 2021 and garnered 202 online responses and 10 physical responses for a total of 212 responses. […]

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September 1, 2021
Thank You

The S.H.I.N.E group extends a heartfelt thanks to all for your dedication to preserving our beautiful suburban Woodcliff Lake community. 7-20-21: Motion made to dismiss the 188 Broadway application on the basis on Res Judicata. Zoning Board votes Res Judicata We would like to thank everyone on the Zoning Board for their unanimous decision in […]

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May 14, 2021
200 Firefighters Battle Apartment Flames

Here is a real world example of how quickly a three-alarm fire can spread and severely damage 24 apartments. Two hundred firefighters battled the flames and four firefighters were injured. Witnesses said it was fast, intense and scary. Nearby residents stood by worried the winds would shift their way. The 188 Broadway application is proposing […]

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May 6, 2021
More 188 Broadway Issues

The new 188 Broadway application is very similar to the original application with only a modest reduction of 7 apartment units. The new application is bad because... The owners are still applying for a second building. The application is for 2 stories and a total of 53 apartments for a density of 14.8 units per […]

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May 5, 2021
78 Woodcliff Lake Road Affordable Housing Settlement

78 Woodcliff Lake Road in Saddle River is designated for 12 to 16 Affordable Housing units. This property sits on 2.3 acres which results in about 8 units per acre. At the March 15, 2021 Mayor & Council meeting the public was notified that pursuant to the Governing Body's direction, the WCL borough attorney filed […]

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May 4, 2021
Zoning Board Quotes For Unanimous Denial

The following quotes are excerpts from the July 23, 2019 Zoning Board meeting where the Board Members unanimously denied 188 Broadway application to convert the existing office building to rental apartments and to construct a second building for a total of 60 rental apartments at one of the busiest intersections in town. "...the construction of […]

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April 29, 2021
History of 188 Broadway Application

The property at 188 Broadway, corporate office building for the former Wallenius Wilhelmsen, is located in close proximity to the train station intersection. The new principle owners on record are Paul Kaufman (form attorney for both Woodcliff Lake and Paramus), and Richard LaBarbiera (Mayor of Paramus). Upon purchase of this property, an application was submitted […]

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August 19, 2019
Mayor Calls for Tax Assessor Investigation

August 19, 2019 At the Mayor & Council meeting on July 15, meeting minutes, residents supplied documents which demonstrated a potential improper tax rebate awarded to the owners of 188 Broadway. As a cost saving measure, Woodcliff Lake uses the Paramus Tax Assessor. Therefore, his boss is the Mayor of Paramus who is also a partner of the 188 […]

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