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UW Property Proposal May Need Increased Height Variance

The potential developer of the United Water property already requires a height variance for their proposal. Adjustments could require that they ask for an even larger height variance.

One of the variances needed for the Hekemian development of a 70,000 sq. ft. grocery store, drive through bank and 24-unit affordable housing complex has to do with the height of the building.

The applicant is asking for a height variance, among others, in order to build the proposed structures. After reviewing their proposed building plan, borough engineer Margit Bastistic had an issue with an exposed piece of equipment on the roof of the grocery store.

Bastistic’s concerns spurred the applicant to add a screen to the roof that would block view of the exposed equipment on three sides, leaving the back, facing Madison Avenue, exposed.

As it turns out, the newly proposed building design, including the screening, may require the applicant to ask for an even greater variance be made to allow for the additional height.

Check out the interaction above between Gadaleta, who has appeared before the zoning board as an expert, and Andy DelVecchio, Hekemian’s attorney. The discussion between the two surrounds the possibility of a generator also being place on the rooftop, which is not currently proposed.

Gadaleta made the point that a generator large enough to power a 70,000 sq. ft. area would be like “a locomotive on the roof.”

Borough Attorney Scott Sproviero got a laugh out of everyone, including DelVecchio when he inquired whether or not there were any plans to put a locomotive on the roof.

Ulises December 04, 2013 at 07:49 AM
So this revised version of the site plan is not only getting elevated by 2' higher because they don't trust their own flood maps, there's a new consideration of doing something on Madison & River Road because of the traffic nightmare, and they're going to enclose this massive equipment which will make this eyesore of a development noisier. Not to mention their planning expert based a study on their proposed apartment being more affordable than any apartment in New Milford while admitting he has no idea how many affordable units are actually in the apartment complex he referred to. The study was based off the Internet's apartment rent range which is hearsay (at least that was the argument the applicant's attorney used every time an objector referred to a website). The Zoning Board's attorney said it best, "here we have the two best Land Use attorneys in the state and this the best you could do?"
Cranky Fake December 04, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Is the only objection we get from our engineer a screen on the roof to hide the mechanicals? That is like when she talks about the deflectors on the lights in the parking lot facing down. Please.
Lori Barton December 04, 2013 at 09:35 AM
And the back of the supermarket is not supposed to have the "screening" to obscure the mechanicals. So everyone who enters New Milford via Madison Ave will see the lovely rear of the ShopRite with its loading docks and all of the mechanical units on the roof. How picturesque! And being that the plan is to raise the elevation, the entire structure is going to look even MORE massive. Wait: all this and the taxpayers get to help finance the necessary widening of the Madison and River Rd intersection too!!! And we're supposed to think that Mr. Inserra is doing this because we deserve a better store than he can rebuild on the site of the current store?? Please Mr. Inserra, let US decide what is in our best interests. I continue to boycott ALL Inserra stores until the plan to relocate to the United Water site is abandoned.
Nicholas D'Amelio December 04, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Just think there are people in town who think moving the ShopRite to UW property is what is needed. I guess some of the people on the Mayor and Council still think this is in the best interest of New Milford. With tongue in cheek; maybe we can negotiate with this developer for a better deal… Sure, we will get a better deal when pigs fly!
Cranky Fake December 04, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Off topic, but the only thing the Newtown 911 operator should have heard was "our school resource officer just killed a deranged nut who came to our school with an assault weapon". God bless those who died and thank goodness most of our schools have one. No problem with me if we put one full time in each of the elementary schools. Sick days and pensions be damned.
GH December 04, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I've seen this before at Supermarkets. They make a deal to produce electric power via generators running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Locomotive engines running all night long) Then Shop Rite will sell back the extra energy produced to the utility for a profit. Most of the time these generators are supplied to a large business at no charge as long as Shop-Rite sells back the extra energy produced to the utility It is called co-generation. This is just another way for Shop Rite to make MONEY at the New Milford Residents expense. Its all about the money. And all that WE, THE New Milford residents get is Noise and Pollution, 24 hours a day 7 days a week with no Holidays. Some how, This town must come together and stop this madness. Not only are they trying to ruin our town with a super maket in a place where it does not belong. Shop- Rite is now trying to now build a power plant right in our own back yards!
Michael J. Gadaleta December 04, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Objectors proved it flooded , they raised the building , objectors proved the plans did not show equipment on the roof , they revise the plan , they say no traffics problems , objectors prove them wrong , they revise their plans. They are going to " chip in " to improve Madison/Main . What happens when the intersections of River/Main , Blvd/Main, Milford/Blvd, Blvd/Madison , River/Madison also are so conjested that you can't turn. The developer is gone ,New Milford residents will pay . Welcome to the urbanization of Our Town.
Shawn December 04, 2013 at 11:15 PM
The motive of every person who is for this development needs to be questioned. You are either for this town or you are for yourself.

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