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What Do You Think of the Developer's Plan?

A representative for Peter Hekemian, who has entered into a contract of sale with United Water, presented their vision for the development of the 16 acre site next to NMHS

The proposed developer of the United Water property shared their vision of a commercial development on the site. The plan would include a new Shoprite, which would serve as the "anchor" for the development.

There would also be a space for a "family" restaurant, a bank pad, 10,000 square feet of local commercial space and a graded field that the borough could develop into a soccer field.

S. Hekemian Group, the developer for the property, would also construct a 145-space lot to be used by the municipality and the Board of Education. 

Patch wants to know--what do you think? Tell us in the comments.

PM April 18, 2011 at 02:33 PM
We must say no. No Re-Zoning. No Commercial Development. This is a very important issue that must be seriously addressed now because it will have a profound effect on our future. If the decision is made to permit commercial development of the site, it will be irreversible. If we care about the character and quality of life in New Milford, we must Say NO to any incumbent and any candidate for Borough Council who does not come forward as unequivocally opposed to the commercial development of the United Water property. If we compromise now, we compromise the quality of life of our community forever. Say No to Commercial Development. Say no to Re-Zoning. Say No to S. Hekemian. SAY No to Inserra. Say it loud and clear and say it now. Just Say NO!
Peggy NIederer April 18, 2011 at 03:08 PM
I agree! We must say "no"! No rezoning! That property floods on a regular basis and is a part of the Hackensack River water shed system. I invite you to drive down River Road and observe what it looks like following each heavy rain fall. It turns into a lake. Much of the property is presently under water. Development would create problems for the immediate neighborhood and future problems for building owners, employees, and customers of the proposed buildings. Say "no" for environmental and safety reasons. Each time there is new development, the area that flooding occurs broadens. That puts residents and property values at risk. In addition, the development would create traffic issues. In support of a good choice that takes into consideration the health and safety of residents and the well-being of property values: "Say No to S. Hekemian. SAY No to Inserra. Say it loud and clear and say it now. Just Say NO!"
Daniel Hazuda April 18, 2011 at 05:04 PM
NO, NO, NO! First, it is a contaminated water treatment facility, do we need to wait 20 years to find out the health problems of the children playing on that field? Second, there is already a commercial plaza on the other side of the High School. What will happen to those businesses that have been operating in the borough, some for decades? Third, it will undoubtedly contribute to the flooding problems that already exist. Fourth, it will make traffic problems around the school, again, which already exist, worse. Fifth and finally, it will mark the loss of one more open space left in this town. Paving over every square inch might be good for the developer, but he doesn't live in this town, either. If it's such a great idea, let him build it where he lives.
Susan Kaprielian April 19, 2011 at 06:40 PM
This is all so complicated! Of course we would LOVE to have the land for the HS and other recreational facilities, but we can't afford to buy the land, develop it and then suffer the lose of revenue!! But we do NOT need another bank, more empty retail stores and congestion in a residential area. The roads cannot handle the traffic and we have residents that bought their homes in a quieter area of town away from the developed area...and now they want to re-zone!! UGH! and, to say this area doesn't flood?? The pictures I took the other day shows otherwise! There is NO easy solution to this and I hope the council doesn't jump into any agreements without thinking this over for a LONG TIME! Many options need to be investigated!!!

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