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Reducing traffic will create a safer, quieter and cleaner Closter , New Jersey Reuten Associates present traffic engineering plans for new senior living community

LOSTER, NJ — Traf- fic engineering plans for the Residences at Reuten Park, a proposed 195-unit luxury senior liv- ing development in Closter, were recently presented to the borough’s Zoning Board of Adjustments. Engineering tes- timony, which included traffic study analysis, highlighted benefits of the Residences at Reuten Park, such as traffic reductions compared to cur- rent and other permitted uses, which allow for a 92,475 s/f industrial complex. Property owner Reuten Associates and developer C

independent living, assisted living and memory care. “The structure that cur- rently stands at 231 and 239 Herbert Avenue is a large industrial site that causes sig- nificantly more mid-day traffic compared to the proposed resi- dential usage for Residences at Reuten Park,” said Mat- thew Seckler , principal at Stonefield Engineering & Design. “Reducing traffic — particularly truck traffic– will create a safer, quieter and cleaner Closter.” During the hearing, Seck- ler discussed traffic studies conducted on Herbert Av- enue, which found that the Residences at Reuten park will reduce traffic during rush hour by 30%. Large vehicles such as tractor-trailers, box trucks, delivery vans, and work vans currently make up 10–20% of the trips to the current site. Vehicles of this kind create significantly more congestion throughout Closter roadways than the proposed use, which is projected to be 99% passenger cars. This reduction of truck traffic will drastically benefit the school that is close to the property, decreasing opportunities for conflict during school drop-off and pick-up times. “The benefits that come from transforming an industrial complex into a residential one are endless for a borough of our size,” said Mike Reuten , owner and managing partner of Reuten Associates. “Industrial developments draw in several large trucks a day —causing disruptions to the neighbor- hood— and with an elementary school just across the street from our property and homes surrounding the area, we knew the Residences at Reuten Park would be the best fit for the Closter community.” The study also found that an industrial building about 30,000 s/f smaller than the current structure at 231 and 239 Herbert Ave. will still cause more traffic than the proposed residential develop- ment. Despite this decree, The Residences at Reuten park will take additional action to further reduce traffic by utilizing a private driveway for employee use, which will divert traffic off Herbert Av - enue. Employee scheduling will also be staggered to avoid traffic during the start of shift periods. MAREJ

Metropolis Property Group are seeking a variance to transform outdated industrial buildings at Reuten Corporate Park, located at 231 and 239 Herbert Ave., into a modern community providing a mix of Mike Reuten and James Johnston

Residences at Reuten Park


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