Glen Ridge Agrees to Affordable Housing Project

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - A special Council Meeting was held last week in Glen Ridge’s municipal building to explain to the Borough Council and the general public the agreement reached with the developer of a proposed apartment building on Baldwin Street.

Elizabeth McKenzie, a court-appointed Special Master, presented to members of the Council and dozens of audience members the history of the affordable housing act, called the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), which followed a legal case in Mt. Laurel back in the mid 1980s. McKenzie also discussed the specific impact which arises from a lawsuit brought by Glen Ridge Developers, LLC against Glen Ridge, after the Borough denied the application to build affordable housing units on Baldwin Street. That action is currently pending before the Superior Court of Essex County.

McKenzie also presented the agreement reached with the developer and answered questions about the impact that New Jersey’s affordable housing mandate has on the Glen Ridge community. She stated that the agreement is a preferred solution over taking the matter to trial. She warned that if the matter went to trial, Glen Ridge would have no say on the end result. She concluded by advising the audience to trust the Council in approving the settlement.

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