Dresdner Robin has completed design and site work for a plan to upgrade and expand a recreation complex and senior center property in Ramsey. — Courtesy: Dresdner Robin
By Joshua Burd
A community in Bergen County is nearing completion of a revamped recreation and senior center complex, following design and site work by a team with Dresdner Robin.
The Jersey City-based land use consultancy spearheaded the project in Ramsey, which is adding a new pool house and public recreational facilities at 75 East Oak St. The 20-acre property also includes a new 2,300-square-foot senior center as part of a project that broke ground late last year.
“Dresdner Robin did an excellent job redesigning our recreational complex,” Ramsey Borough Administrator Bruce Vozeh said in a prepared statement. “Their team was able to secure requisite approvals and bring numerous design elements to this sizable space. We look forward to bringing residents of all ages to the pool and senior center, in accordance with CDC guidelines and directives from the Governor’s Office.”
In a news release, Dresdner Robin said it also designed a stormwater basin to mitigate flooding and runoff, completed new landscape elements and expanded and reconfigured the parking facilities. The project will result in a new, 50-space parking lot for the senior facility, while an opposite lot serving the pool was expanded and improved.
Before work could begin, Dresdner Robin obtained multiple approvals from the state Department of Environmental Protection, the news release said. The flood-prone site’s environmentally sensitive areas include freshwater wetlands, riparian zones and a flood hazard area, requiring the firm to secure a Flood Hazard Area Individual Permit from the DEP and a study of the Valentine Brook, which runs through the property.
“This was a crucial project to update and expand recreational facilities for Ramsey. Our site improvements complemented the new structures and we look forward to seeing the borough utilize them,” said Grant Lewis, senior project manager, engineering, at Dresdner Robin. “This will be a site of great value to the community — both as we recover from the pandemic and over the long term.”
Following initial stages, Dresdner Robin continued to support the borough with construction administration and oversight of the proposed work, the news release said. The firm coordinated with Blueline Architecture of Wyckoff, the project’s architect of record, to implement site improvements, including entryways and parking access.