One month after Community Board 5 voted 21-13 against the rezoning of a small, vacant plot of land at 1504-1506 Decatur Street in Ridgewood from manufacturing to residential, Borough President Melinda Katz heard both sides of the argument at last Thursday’s land use public hearing at Borough Hall.
Moshe Friedman, the engineer representing the owners of the plot, 11-01 Irving Ave. LLC, who wish to build a six-family apartment structure at the site, said manufacturing at the site is not feasible and residential development is the only possible option.
“It’s been vacant for 40 years. Nobody in their right mind can afford to put manufacturing in a little 25-foot by 90-foot lot,” Friedman said. “If this development is not approved, it will remain vacant because nobody wants to spend money on a 25-foot by 90-foot lot.”
CB 5 District Manager Gary Giordano refuted Friedman’s claims, saying manufacturing is critical to the success of communities like Ridgewood.
“It’s not by any means impossible to put some manufacturing type use in a site like that,” Giordano said. “We do need housing but I think, as much or more, we need manufacturing and the ability for that area to grow through manufacturing.”
Katz will render a decision July 30.