Ridgewood December 16, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 9 Officials to retain underground parking expert by John Koster The Village of Ridgewood will retain a professional planner, not yet named, to design an underground parking lot for Valley Hospital as part of negotiations for a possible The Ridgewood Village Council voted last week to extend the leasing on both houses located on the former Habernickel Horse Farm for another two years. The minimum monthly rent for the house at 1037 Hillcrest Avenue has been set at $4,574, and the monthly minimum rent on the house at 1057 Hillcrest Avenue has been set at $3,969. The 10-acre property on which the two houses are located is the first tract of land purchased with Ridgewood’s own half-cent set-aside per $100 of assessed property value. J. KOSTER Council extends leasing on Habernickel houses change of zoning to allow for Valley’s expansion and renovation. The contracted planner, an expert in geology, would be asked to study whether the terrain under the hospital could support the structure if underground parking were provided. The new hospital might also be constructed in six stories rather than the originally proposed four stories, reducing the footprint of the building and moving the outer walls farther back from the property lines, a concept that many neighbors liked. Barbara Cartland, secretary to the Ridgewood Planning Board, said the necessary paperwork was not yet in hand so she could not offer a timetable for the plan. The concept of a 2,000-space underground parking garage and 200 surface level spaces for short-term parking had been suggested in October. Neighbors of the hospital and some other residents have objected to the proposed change of zoning through a change in the master plan, which would allow the 10-year renewal plan to be carried out. Valley Hospital management says that the plan is needed so the hospital can modernize and improve its treatment facilities. Neighbors have said that the noise and traffic of the construction would reduce property values and could pose a menace to safety and health. In Home PERSONAL TRAINING • Flexible Scheduling • Nutrition Guidance • Sports Specific Training • Men, Women, Children & Couples With Brad Lose 20 lbs in 10 Weeks Insured Degreed & Certified For Free Consultation call: TONE UP/LOSE FAT/ FEEL GREAT 201-925-0381 ��������� �������������������������� ���������������������� �������� �������������������������������������� ����������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� �������� ���������������������� ��������������� �������������������� ������������������������������������� �������������� ����������������������������������� ���������������������������� �������������� �������������� ������������ JAC K V I C TO R • B U G ATC H I E • T H O M A S D E A N • Z A N E L L A AG AV E • 7 F O R A L L M A N K I N D • P SYC H O B U N N Y • T RU E R E L I G I O N �������������������� ������������������