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Hundreds of new housing units coming to Montvale

But the same city officials that approved the plan are upset about it


MONTVALE — More housing is coming to the Town of Montvale after the town council approved plans to bring about 700 new units into the area.

It's a significant increase in the town’s population but Mayor Michael Ghassali is not excited about the project.

“No one's really happy to have this many houses come in,” Ghassali said.

The plan was state-mandated as part of the towns constitutional need to provide affordable housing for low-income families.

“We figured one way to do it was to have control over it, to do it the way we would like to do it, rather than have it forced on us,” the mayor said.

The agreement will bring three developments into the town: one near Mercedes Drive, another on a soon-to-be vacant Sony property and an old A&P lot.

Out of the 80 units that will be built here, 16 are expected to be for low-income families.

The mayor is worried it will place a burden on the borough.

“Not too excited to have to deal with infrastructure,” he said.

The mayor said the development should generate about $4 million in revenue for the town.

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