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SOD Takes Protest March To Borough Hall

Over 100 residents turn out to turn up the heat on stopping over development.

New Milford came out in full force Monday protesting the proposed mixed-use development of the United Water property that includes a 70,500 sq. ft. supermarket, 4300 sq. ft. bank and a 221 unit townhouse complex, 40 units reserved to meet the town's COAH requirement, that includes a four-story parking garage. 

Over 100 residents, many with children, some with bullhorns, packed the sidewalk in front of Borough Hall on River Road holding signs asking the Mayor and Council to join them in their fight to keep the United Water property as open space and agree to hold off on rezoning it until the application has run its course through the Zoning Board.

Arguing for letting the application run its course through the Zoning Board, SOD member John DeSantis said, "In nine months if the mayor and council offered the same (rezoning) deal to Hekemian, he'd still accept it."  

"If they rezone it now, they're just giving (Hekemian) what he wanted from the beginning," DeSantis said.

SOD's Executive Director, Miriam Pickett, was more than pleased with the turnout.

"I am so pleased with tonight's turnout," Pickett said. "It's proof to the Mayor and Council that we are not going away. We will do everything we can to fight the development of this property."

mildred pierce September 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
There is a lot of animosity, people talking senseless,threats, insults, why? and these are neighbors?
Sheldon Cooper October 07, 2012 at 01:06 PM
How dare you disagree with the SOD people? They own the town and will gang up on you such as the bullies they are. Glad I don't live there.
james October 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Sheldon that has not been my experience. I started off being very unsure about the development and listening to both sides. There will be heated debate on both sides of an issue all of the times. I don't see bullying. I like living in a town where the residents care enough to organize and fight for what they feel is right instead of just complaining and doing nothing.
Michelle October 09, 2012 at 02:45 AM
The fictional character Sheldon Cooper doesn't live in NM, but that's where the fiction ends. You can't see that SOD are your neighbors, all you can see is your personal interest in seeing this development developed, and that's questionable in my opinion, Ms. Cooper.

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