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Council’s Land Use Cmte. OKs rezoning

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:42 am, Thu Aug 28, 2014.

The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted unanimously 20-0, with three Council members marked absent, in favor of rezoning 176 Woodward Ave. in Ridgewood from manufacturing to residential.

The redesignation is sought by Aufgang Architects, a Rockland County-based development company, who plan to construct a four-story, 88-unit apartment building on the primarily unused 176 Woodward Ave. lot and a four-story, eight-dwelling residence at the adjacent 1901 Starr St. space.

The project was approved by the Land Use Committee on Tuesday only after it received a commitment that 22 of the proposed units would be available to residents making less than 60 percent of the area median income of $51,000, something the proposal brought to Community Board 5 by Aufgang Architects in April lacked.

The larger building will be a mixed-use structure with nearly 7,000 square feet of commercial space and about 3,000 square feet of community space, which will be made available to area artists and community groups chosen by the developer and Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens) for a rate of $10 per year.

“Space for artists to display their work or develop their art has been hard to come by in my district,” Reynoso said in a press release. “This project will provide much needed assistance to a vibrant and strong portion of the community.”

The structure at 1901 Starr St. will have eight dwelling units.

The Land Use Committee follows in the footsteps of Community Board 5, which approved the measure 28-11 in April, and Borough President Melinda Katz, who gave the project a thumbs up in May.

Numerous Ridgewood residents spoke out in favor of the rezoning plan in April, outnumbering those expressing reservations.

They said it would help beautify the unsightly lot and the apartment buildings would hasten the gentrification of the neighborhood.

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