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Potential United Water Developer Sues New Milford

New Milford Redevelopment Associates are looking for rezoning to build a supermarket, bank and low income housing.

The Borough of New Milford, the Planning Board and the Mayor and Council are listed as defendants in a lawsuit filed by New Milford Redevelopment Associates (NMRA).

The NMRA currently has an application in front of the zoning board that requires variances for a mixed-use development of a supermarket, bank and 24-units of residential multifamily housing. The United Water property adjacent the high school is the property in question.

“New Milford has failed to create sufficient realistic housing opportunities for low and moderate income households,” says the NMRA complaint.

NMRA claim that their efforts to create 24 low-income housing units are being halted unfairly. Meanwhile, if NMRA’s request for rezoning of the property were met, the developer is looking to plop a 70,500 sq. ft. supermarket and a 4,300 sq. ft. bank alongside the their 24 units of low-income housing.

“We have heard about this and it was filed in court but at this time we have not yet been served with the lawsuit,” said Mayor Ann Subrizi. “We’re not going to spend a lot of time and money on a lawsuit that has not even been served yet.”

Subrizi did say that the Borough would take the proper steps if the suit were served upon them.

The property is currently zoned for single-family detached houses only.

“NMRA is ready, willing and able to construct a mixed-use inclusionary development on the property, including a substantial amount of low and moderate income housing,” says the complaint.

The zoning board will hear more about the proposed development of the United Water property after their reorganization meeting Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in Borough Hall. 

marlene casey January 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Why are we concerned with intersection improvements Madison Ave./River Road are county roads, under county jurisdiction and this development plan ultimately requires county planning board approval since it backs on Madison Avenue. The county would require the developer to pay for intersection improvements as part of its' approval. The county would have jurisdiction over traffic patterns and drainage as it pertains to the county roads.
Lori Barton January 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I wondered about that, too, Marlene. But even if it doesn't cost us i tax dollars for these roads to be widened, the residents that live there will still lose most of their front yards and be so muchh closer to the traffic. We also lose more of the Heritage trees on River Road. The county's reputation for sticking up for us vs the developers is not good. Chief Papapietro fought the opening of the second CVS driveway onto River Road due to his concerns with safety but the county allowed it anyway.
Ulises January 19, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Marlene, great point. It'd be great to see you at the next ZB meeting and raise your concerns to the board, since their vote on this application will happen very soon. Thank you for always siding on the right side of this saga.
asskickinglass January 20, 2014 at 12:24 AM
Our tax dollars will be spent on the river road widening and what would happen to poor Demarest Street? It would become a main thoroughfare for that development. This will cost us all, in our pockets and our quality of life. I don't trust the county to stop any development which is why we must defeat it now even if it involves going to court.
Michael J. Gadaleta January 20, 2014 at 11:10 PM
Marlene, with the greatest respect, I have no faith in the county, where is the county, there is no correspondence , the applicants have not approached the county in the past 2 years . Hekemian has too much influence . They could care less about our intersections needing a $1,000,000 taxpayer contribution.

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