Wednesday, December 5, 2012
With Hekemian's revised plans, Robalino says that its time for the entire town to come together and embrace the idea to re-zone the property.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
By Diego Robalino With regards to the new plan proposed by Hekemian for the United Water property, it is clear that they are trying to work with the residents of New Milford in addressing our major concerns. Of course not every issue can be satisfactory for those in opposition, but the will of the developer is clear in trying to compromise. Compromise, meaning a settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions, is a word that naysayers will chose not to accept. Not to say that they would be wrong in doing so, but it does help to come to the bargaining table with an open mind. Is this new proposal the best plan for the property? Definitely not! Is it the best concept for New Milford under present conditions? That is …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Majority votes to set aside meeting with the planner on rezoning, effectively allowing the application for the development of the United Water Company property to run its course through the Zoning Board.
In a 4-2 vote, Council President Howard Berner (R) cast his vote with councilwomen Randi Duffie (D) and Hedy Grant (D), and councilman Austin Ashley (D) against proceeding with discussions with the planner regarding the rezoning the United Water Company property during Monday's Mayor and Council work session. This effectively allows the application for the development of the United Water Property to run its course through the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Plans for the 13.6-acre United Water property filed by the S. Hekemian Group call for a mixed use development that includes a 70,500 sq. ft. supermarket, 4300 sq. ft. bank and 221-unit multi-family housing complex with a four-story 428 spaced parking garage and is currently being heard …
Monday, November 12, 2012
With Sandy, Athena and the elections behind us, find out what's going on in town this week.
Despite the fact that the Borough is closed Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day, the Mayor and Council will be meeting for their monthly work session at 7 pm in the upstairs conference room of Borough Hall. The Zoning Board planner is scheduled to appear to discuss rezoning as well as the proposed ordinance regarding it. The Mayor and Council voted to authorize Phillips Preiss and Grygiel, LLC (the appointed Zoning Board planner in the United Water property hearings) to proceed with a rezoning study of the 13-acre United Water property during their May work session. The S. Hekemian Group is currently in contract with United Water to purchase the property and are seeking variances to construct a 70,500 sq. ft. supermarket, a 4,300…
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
SOD asks for a legal determination on whether Subrizi's phone conversation to Hekemian regarding the possible rezoning of the United Water property by the Mayor and Council is legal.
Based on Zoning Board attorney Scott Sproviero's directive cautioning members of the board from speaking directly to Hekemian regarding his proposed development of the United Water property, Miriam Pickett, Executive Director of SOD (Stop Over Development), asked Borough Attorney Mark Madaio if that directive extended to Mayor Ann Subrizi's phone conversation with the developer, Peter Hekemian, during Monday's Mayor and Council work session. The proposed development for the 13-acre property includes a 70,500 sq. ft. supermarket, 4300 sq. ft. bank, 221 residential units and a four-story 428 space parking garage. During the September 10 Mayor and Council work session, Subrizi informed the council that a phone call placed to Peter Hekemian …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Rezoning, calls for investigation, letters from councilmen and SOD's petition--development dominated the discussion in town this week.
New Milford's grass roots group tells the Mayor & Council to unite with them against the development of the United Water property. Rezoning property keeps Hekemian's original offer on the table. Calling it "United Water-gate" Councilwoman Hedy Grant calls for special counsel to investigate failure of Mayor and Council to vote on the purchase of United Water property. 1100 signatures are hand delivered to the Mayor and Council asking them not to rezone the United Water property. Council President Howard Berner advocates for buying the United Water property. Councilmen Diego Robalino and Dominic Colucci explain the vote to rezone. While members of Stop Over Development build opposition to the New Milford Redevelopment Associates project, …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Rezoning property keeps Hekemian's original offer on the table. Calling it "United Water-gate" Councilwoman Hedy Grant calls for special counsel to investigate failure of Mayor and Council to vote on the purchase of United Water property.
Mayor Ann Subrizi informed the council during Monday evening's work session that a phone call placed to Peter Hekemian revealed that if the council rezones the United Water property, the original offer he made to the town in April of 2011 is still on the table. The original offer that Hekemian made to the Mayor and Council and presented to the residents of New Milford in April 2011 included a 145-space parking lot for use by the borough and school district, and a graded field that could be developed into a soccer field, as well as a new Shoprite, a family restaurant, bank and 10,000 square feet of commercial space for local merchants. Subrizi said that she also spoke with Inserra who assured her that his current property will remain …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The weekly wrap up of local news to keep New Milford in the know.
A Bergen County Grand Jury indicted a 25-year-old New Milford man on charges he tied up, assaulted and fatally stabbed his estranged wife in her Teaneck apartment last year. If New Milford's COAH requirements can be moved elsewhere, does this debunk Hekemian's "inherently beneficial use" argument? The Bergen County Freeholders took the first steps Friday in disbanding the county’s police force and merging it with the sheriff’s office. District 39 Assemblyman Robert Schroeder said he will not give up his seat after being charged with writing almost $400,000 worth of bad checks. A 54-year-old River Edge resident who was struck by a New Jersey Transit train on the Pascack Valley line at New Bridge Landing station Tuesday, died. National Night…
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Catch up on all the local news you missed this week in New Milford
Woodcrest Center Nursing Home staff received a letter referencing Aurora, Colorado shootings; bomb squad and K-9 unit called in. Five juveniles were seen on surveillance tape climbing onto the roof of the school, police said. Although the 2004 master plan parked the town's affordable housing obligation here, a fact that is the crux of Hekemian's argument before the zoning board, can it be moved elsewhere? Council authorizes 'Field of Dreams' to be put as a referendum question on the November ballot; estimated cost of field to taxpayers between $62 and $70 per year. Bergen County Chiefs invited to discuss the effect on their municipalities if the County Police are absorbed into the Sheriff's Department. 56-year old man was struck by a car …