Ridgewood Hospital Expansion Voted Down - My9 New Jersey

Ridgewood Hospital Expansion Voted Down

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Ridgewood, New Jersey (My9News) -

Last night, over 100 residents showed up to the village planning board meeting in Ridgewood, New Jersey to hear the final vote on whether or not the Ridgewood Valley Hospital would be allowed to double in size and move forward with the planned expansion.

Concerned residents like Pete McKenna have been fighting against this expansion plan for the past eight-years. He is the president of the “anti-valley hospital expansion group concerned residents of Ridgewood” and he thinks the 94 foot structure and the extra traffic that comes with it ruins the small-town vibe of Ridgewood.

Cristina Krauss is another concerned resident who says that the group also doesn’t want to deal with six-years of construction only one block away from the local Benjamin Franklin Middle School and their homes.

“No matter what they put into a developers agreement, from the board of education side of anything, that you can get the same quality of education there in the same peaceful environment that you’re going to be able to get across town,” she said.

“They can’t get any bigger than they are today without really damaging our ability to enjoy our quality of life,” McKenna continued.

At the meeting, every vote against the expansion got a round of applause from the crowd. Two board members did vote for the hospital, but in the end, Pete McKenna and the concerned residents of Ridgewood prevailed with five- votes against the expansion. The final decision was met with a standing ovation from the audience.

“I think I got my life back!” McKenna happily cheered after the announcement was made.

The folks from Valley Hospital issued a statement on their defeat.

“While we are disappointed by the Planning Board’s vote, we remain committed to serving our patients with award winning care and developing a long-term facilities solution to ensure we meet that commitment.”

 

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