Two Dozen Units Proposed for Dead-End Block in Cliffside Park

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209 Oakdene Avene Cliffside Park Nj Parcels
Site of proposed development at 209 Oakdene Avenue, Cliffside Park. Map via NJ Parcels.

A small property on a dead-end street in Bergen County could soon be home to Cliffside Park’s newest development.


A local development firm is planning to bring a multifamily building to 209 Oakdene Place in the borough, which is located off of Palisade Avenue. A legal notice from the Cliffside Park Zoning Board of Adjustment shows that 457 Sylvan Avenue, LLC is seeking for the all-residential project to include 24 units. The company has applied for Site Plan approval with multiple variances, including for use, minimum lot area, minimum lot depth, minimum front and rear yard set back, maximum lot coverage, maximum building height, roof type, and maximum floor area ratio. This is in part because of the proposed flat roof of the new building and the plan for the structure to be around 53 feet and four stories tall, which exceeds the height limit, according to the notice.

In addition, the redeveloped property is expected to consist of 31 parking spaces for residents and four for visitors, though the New Jersey Residential Site Improvement Standards recommend 44 for tenants and 12 for guests. The lots would occupy both the front and side yards, which is currently prohibited.

The site is a unique location for a development proposal like this. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, the property currently contains a two-family home and parking area, and borders the Cliffside Park Housing Authority’s (CPHDC) high-rise public housing development, other houses, and a complex called Camelot Condominiums. NJ Parcels records show that the tract is owned by Simone Carafa, who happens to serve as the Vice Chairman of the CPHDC.

Despite the lot’s apparently peculiar location, it is within a few blocks of the Cliffside Park Public Library, the seasonal Red Door Farmers Market, local businesses along Palisade Avenue, and public bus service to Fort Lee, Union City, Weehawken, and Manhattan’s Port Authority and George Washington Bridge Bus Terminals.

The application by 457 Sylvan Avenue, LLC is scheduled to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment at 7:00pm on Monday, January 22nd at the Municipal Complex on Palisade Avenue.

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