From the Times Ledger:
Members of the United Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood presented plans for building affordable housing for seniors on the site of the current parsonage house adjacent to the church to Community Board 5’s Zoning and Land Use Review Committee Monday.
While church representatives said the affordable senior housing would fill a need in the community and help the church raise money for its services, committee members worry that the height of the proposed structure — 57 feet — would be out of character with the surrounding houses.
“Most of the structures that are over there are smaller than that. The church is taller than that, but most of the structures nearby are smaller than that,” said Gary Giordano, district manager for CB 5.
Giordano said the church’s plans are in the preliminary stages and currently call for 48 studio apartments measuring 450 square feet each. The apartments would be sold for about $225,000 each, although the church hopes to get a government subsidy to knock down the price to $165,000 per dwelling unit.
The apartment building housing these units would be built on the site of the parsonage, which would be demolished, and the project would require a variance from the city Board of Standards and Appeals.
I don't know... is $165,000 affordable to seniors on fixed incomes? Should taxpayers be subsidizing their condos?