Luxury Apartments Proposed In Ridgewood

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

A plan to bring upscale apartments to a Ridgewood neighborhood drew mixed reactions at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting.

Representatives from Aufgang Architects presented their plan to redevelop a site at 176 Woodward Ave., Ridgewood, right on the border of Bushwick.

The proposal is a 90,000-square-foot residential building with 88 housing units, space for commercial retail on the ground floor and 118 spots designated for parking beneath the building.

The retail space would account for more than 6,700-square-feet of the building and a more than 3,000 square-foot community facility would be included, giving work space to artists from Ridgewood, Bushwick and other artists who wish to use the facility.

As of now, the prices for the apartments would be $1,100-$1,200 for a studio, $1,400-$1,600 for a one-bedroom and $1,700-$1,800 for a two-bedroom apartment. Those prices are not set in stone and could change, according to the Aufgang Architects reps at the meeting.

The developers are looking for a zone change, from manufacturing to residential, to be able to build the project.
Residents were divided over the pros and cons of the upscale housing possibly being build in the neighborhood.

Craig Montalbano, who has lived in the Ridgewood/Bushwick area his entire life, said the project would bring short-and long-term jobs to the neighborhood and also provide it with needed affordable housing.

“The quality of life on that block is substandard and has been for years,” he said. “You’re going to have short-term jobs for construction and long-term jobs for employment.”

CB5 will mull over the project and decide whether or not they will support it at next month’s meeting.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.