A group of concerned Glen Ridge residents have formed the Winsor Place Preservation Committee, to strategize stopping the development of what they consider a too-small partially empty lot on the street.
The property, located at 11 Winsor Place, is just 50 feet wide and is now on the market, and prospective buyers would be able to build a home on it.
Because this area is in a historic zone of Glen Ridge, according to tipsters, the situation is creating an uproar among neighbors, many of whom own nearby Victorians and other early 1900 period homes and are concerned about maintaining the historical integrity of the neighborhood. Some worry the Glen Ridge Historic Preservation Commmision – despite its reputation for tough standards – may not be able to exercise enough control over the aesthetics of any house that may be built. Even so, squeezing a house into such a small lot still rankles some for other reasons.
The property in question is currently listed for sale by the Livingston office of Weichert, Realtors, Inc., for $329,000, with a lot size of 50 by 160 feet. The online listing includes this description:
“Rarely available lot in Glen Ridge. Plans coming for 3,500+ square foot house with an 800 square foot third floor and 1, 600 square foot basement with 9ft ceiilings. Build your own dream house or have us take care of it !! This flat lot has an existing two car tandem garage and wide driveway, see topographical survey which includes building envelope.”
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