Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

3rd Site Looked at for Senior Housing

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

3rd Site Looked at for Senior Housing

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SADDLE BROOK -- Could the third time be the charm for plans to bring low-income senior housing to Saddle Brook?

Council President Anthony Halko said that township-owned property on Rosol Lane, located off North Midland Avenue, would be considered as a site for such housing, after residents suggested it as a possibility during a neighborhood meeting Thursday.

Approximately 40 residents attended Thursday's meeting, held at the town's senior center, to speak out against a plan to put a 30- unit senior facility at 15 Caldwell Ave. In June, residents had voiced opposition to a similar project proposed for Legregni Street.

Halko cautioned, however, that officials need to determine whether there are wetlands on the Rosol Lane property. They also have to factor in drainage issues at the site, which he said is prone to flooding.

"We'll have to see what the property requires to be buildable," Halko said.

Halko said that the Legregni Street plan, which called for 20 units of housing, was dead. And after hearing from residents Thursday, he said the Caldwell Avenue project was probably off the table as well.

Saddle Brook officials want to partner with the Housing Development Corp. of Bergen County, the non-profit arm of the Housing Authority of Bergen County, to create housing for low- income seniors. The town had planned to use affordable housing funds, collected over the years from developers, to purchase property that it would then lease to the housing corporation.

On Thursday, Charlotte Vandervalk, director of development for the county Housing Development Corp., presented a plan for 15 Caldwell Ave. that called for a two-story building with 29 units for seniors and one for a live-in superintendent, as well as 34 parking spaces.

Neighbors voice concerns

A benefit of the Caldwell Avenue project is that it is across the street from the town's senior center, Vandervalk said. …

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