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Hekemian Submits Substantial Changes to United Water Property Site Plan

Radical changes to residential component to make room for flood storage basin

Hekemian has submitted substantial site plan revisions to the proposed development of the 13-acre United Water property. The revisions, which replace a considerable number of proposed housing units and the proposed restaurant with flood storage basins, appear to be designed to alleviate the public's concerns regarding increased flooding in that area should the development be approved. 

Zoning Board attorney Scott Sproviero told Patch that the revised architectural drawings that Hekemian has submitted to the Zoning Board reflect substantial modifications of the original plans. Sproviero said that these changes include "radical reductions in the scope of the residential project and substantial provisions for what appears to be flood storage capacity."

The revised plans reflect 24 proposed housing units as opposed to the 221 unit multi-family housing complex that was proposed on the original plans. Here is the breakdown:

Size (sq.ft.) 1st Floor 2nd Floor 3rd Floor Total 1br 720 2 1 1 4 2br 1080 4 6 5 15 3br 1200 2 1 2 5 8 8 8 24

The revised plans show a flood storage basin where the bulk of the housing units were originally proposed fronting Cecchino Drive. This is also the space Hekemian offered to give New Milford as a field during their April 2011 presentation at New Milford High School.

Also removed from the plans is the four-story 428 space multi-level parking garage. Instead, the plans show 54 perimeter parking spaces. Also missing in the revised plans is the pool.

The revised plans have also replaced the proposed 6500 sq. ft. restaurant that bordered Main Street on the original plans with a flood retention basin as well.

Casey Marie Hittel December 04, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Scooby is completely right. Having worked for a unionized grocery chain before, I can assure you that Shoprite is more than capable of keeping its employees employed, while any transition takes place. If those jobs are important to the workers, a temporary option will be made available to them.
Jose A. Camacho, Esq. December 04, 2012 at 05:10 AM
It was clear from the beginning that upon seeing any resistance Hekemian and politicians siding with development of the United Water property would use the proposed monstrosity as a scare tactic of how bad things could allegedly be to gain support for the proposal they wanted all along a Super shop rite which allows them not to lose business while the new shop rite is built and then allows them to abandon the old shop rite leaving us with a property already reasoned for mor commercial development. They just didn't count on our residents destroying their proposed development to the extent that they themselves do not see any inherent benefit to their proposed development. STAY THE COURSE SO WE CAN PERMANENTLY RID OURSELVES OF ANY UNWARRANTED DEVELOPMENT AT UNITED WATER!
Denise December 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Bonita, are you on another planet or really living in New Milford, maybe the north end? Is that why you want a new SR built there for your convenience? Have you not heard that the biased Mayor of town wants to put a new Fire Dept at the old Shop-Rite location? Are you a younger person or Senior Citizen? I no longer live in NM, but still care about what happens in the town I grew up in & can only hope that this developement (new or old plans) doesn't get approved & God help anyone, high school kids, Seniors from the Center across the street or even you wouldn't get hit/maimed/killed by the extra traffic/SR delivery trucks/shoppers that this debacle will bring. I met Ulises at one of the town meetings before I moved, everything this man says on anything that has to do with the developement is true, he is one wise man, unlike some of the elected officials of the town of New Milford........
ConcernedResident December 04, 2012 at 10:25 PM
It was explained to me that if the re-zoning and project goes through - half the old Shop Rite property will be donated to the town, and a new Police station will be built. Projects like a new Police station and re-modeling both Fire Houses are going to offset any ratables, that the Mayor and council claim are badly needed for the town. It's obvious that the taxpayers of NM are going to have to pony up a considerable amount of money to cover these projects. If my taxes are going to increase for the aforementioned projects - I would rather purchase the UW property and tell Hekemian to get lost! BTW - Does anyone really think we need a new Police department? The current one has served the residents just fine.
scooby doo December 05, 2012 at 12:55 AM
First, we need to come up with the money to buy the old shop rite property. Then we have to come up with the money to make it the mayor's dream municipal complex. I'm with you concerned resident. If my taxes are going to go up then I prefer open space. and i think there is more grant money available for open space instead of a new municipal complex. Next big meeting is dec 11 for zoning board. I will be there.

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