Likely topics include:
Environment: To pick only one of the MANY environmental issues, take the question of an athletic field situated just above KNOWN contamination and separated from it by only two feet of dirt. UNACCEPTABLE AS A PLAYING SURFACE FOR OUR KIDS! (not to mention the wisdom of mixing children with the out-of-towners and movie crowd the two big box stores and 10-plex would draw). Click here to view study presented to the Environmental Commission.
Drainage: With 70% impervious coverage of the site added to the existing impervious area (hotel, parking lots, parking deck, roadways), this is FLOODING AND POLLUTION WAITING TO HAPPEN. In past storms, vehicles have been stranded on the site, unable to get out. If you live in the flood-prone area across and downriver from this (and even if you don't!), this is critical.
Rezoning: Michael Kauker will testify for the developer as to their plan's accordance with the rezoning ordinance. Whether he'll find the plan in accordance is easy to predict, but getting there should be interesting!
Crossroads is back on the agenda for this Monday's Planning Board meeting. The main expected subject is TRAFFIC, with the possibility of drainage and environmental issues also up for discussion.
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Master Plan and "downtown" development
Town Hall 475 Corporate Drive
This Monday's Planning Board meeting will focus on the Master Plan, including development of the downtown train station area. If you have concerns or suggestions about any aspect of the Master Plan, including how "downtown" development would affect Franklin Turnpike traffic and traffic flow through the constrained area of the railroad underpass (especially, for instance, at school opening and closing times), please bring them to the meeting. Time for public input is running short – to have YOUR concerns addressed you need to be present!
According to Planning Board Chairman Todd Sherer, the next Crossroads presentation will be February 25 and will revisit TRAFFIC problems. If there's a change to that, we will let you know.
Happy New Year ! and we hope to see you Monday 7:00 pm
Mahwah train station - Franklin Tpk click for large map
A number of issues came up, information was presented and many questions were asked. Township engineer, Mike Kelly clarified that his department did NOT approve the applicant's environmental plan and that there are a number of environmental items are NOT resolved and additional remediation is required. ( listen to audio, this part is 25 minutes into the recording. The audio may take a minute to load before playing, depending on your internet speed )
We hope you will take the time to listen to the recording. There was a lot more information presented during the meeting than can be condensed in a news article.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST CHANCE BEFORE APPLICATION GOES TO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ?
The Planning Board will meet this Monday (12/3) at 7 pm to discuss Crossroads TRAFFIC after a two-month hiatus of the application.
According to Sunday's Record (read article), the Department of Transportation has still received only conceptual plans from the developer as he continues jockeying to come up with a plan that will somehow get past the Planning Board. The project can't proceed without DOT approval.
After seeing conceptual plans the DOT recommended purchase of the Suburban Propane property to provide safe access to the site, and the owner of Suburban Propane has said he's willing to sell. Crossroads attorney Jaworski rejects that plan, however, because it would trigger the need for a revised application that would come under the current office park zoning (NO MALL ALLOWED!).
The letter below (read below or download pdf) details concerns about the safety of the traffic plan. We don't know whether we'll have another chance for input before a “real” application goes to the DOT, so bring YOUR comments Monday at 7 pm. Tell the Board we don't want this massive plan shoehorned onto a site with unworkable, unsafe access and egress.
IF IT'S NOT SAFE, DON'T BUILD IT!!
June 21, 2012
Mr. Richard Dube, Manager
Major Access Permits
State of New Jersey
Dept. of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08625
Re: Crossroads Town Center proposed development in Mahwah, NJ
at interchange of Rt 17, I-287, I-87
Dear Mr. Dube:
I am writing to urge you and others to take a really hard look at the developer's plans for access to and from their proposed shopping mall at the Crossroads.
The access proposal is inadequate and dangerous. This part of the highway is already a confused mess. I am very concerned for the safety of frequent drivers and those unfamiliar with the area. I think the proposed access plans from both the north and south set up hazardous conditions that will be lethal. The plans recreate the older more dangerous cloverleaf pattern of entering and exiting traffic interweaving in too short a space, while traveling at high speeds or needing to accelerate quickly.
As you can see on the map, reading north to south from NY into NJ:
I want to expand on these summary points:
From the north, driving this section of road is like navigating rapids at 65-75 mph. In the space of 0.8 mile traffic merges from I-87S, I-287W, I-287E and Rt 17N. Then trucks and cars change lanes to position themselves for either the right or left fork. I have seen many vehicles speed from the far left lane to the right fork. The left fork to Rt 17S curves and is dark because of two overpasses. Then, just when a driver might be able to relax, the developer proposes a new on-ramp followed in 0.2 mile by a mall/truck stop off-ramp, where trucks slowly come in and out.
For access from the shopping mall onto Rt 17S they are proposing a circular ramp located between Mountainside Ave and exit 66 off of I-287E. This is a short narrow spot of land which will allow for only a tight circle. The danger is that this circular ramp will dump traffic onto a curve of Rt 17S which is not particularly visible until you are on top of it. Traffic in this spot tends to be speeding and changing lanes.
The proposed mall/truck stop access from Rt 17S is an exit 0.2 mile past that proposed curving on-ramp. The intersection of homebound shoppers entering Rt 17S and those exiting will require more lane changing on this 0.2 mile piece.
Accessing the mall from Rt 17N at Leisure Lane requires an almost immediate left onto Cross Road towards Mountainside/Orient Way. The road segment is only about 500 feet long. Even with the proposed additional lane on Cross Road, traffic will back up out onto Rt 17N. Compare that 500 feet with the length of the multiple entry lanes for Woodbury Common mall [about the same square footage as this proposed mall when including the existing hotel and planned recreation] where multiple lanes of traffic can back up through the toll booths. Also, busses enter and exit the Leisure Line Bus Depot here.
This exit is the only access to the Stag Hill section of Mahwah and is already clogged at certain times of the day. Residents have long complained of difficulty getting home. Individuals from both EMT and police have expressed concern at public meetings at their ability to provide emergency services to the Stag Hill area due to the traffic. Currently emergency vehicles can use the shoulder, but the developer is suggesting annexing the shoulder as an additional access lane, leaving no emergency lane. This emergency lane is important because there are times when Rt. 17N is heavily congested and slow moving. Furthermore, at exactly this spot, trucks and cars are merging onto Rt. 17N from a large well-patronized "last gas station in NJ." Currently vehicles use the shoulder to facilitate the merge, but it is an abrupt merge even for cars. Trucks are forced to swing wide, often across two lanes of traffic. This situation, treacherous in itself, is compounded by the fact that Crossroads and Stag Hill-bound traffic must exit immediately following the merge from the gas station. It truly is a dangerous situation now. What would it be with no shoulder or dedicated merge lane, and given the increased traffic?
An additional consideration is that this corridor is part of the official escape route from Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Increased traffic and dangerous entrances and exits will not help an evacuation.
I am describing current problems that will only be increased if the access plans are approved. The developer estimates that the proposed mall will result in a 33% increase in traffic. That can only be deadly.
I suggest that prior to any approvals you send technical specialists to visit the site and evaluate the risks of the situation. I and other residents are very concerned about our safety. Then, of course, I hope that you would see fit to deny approval.
Lynne K McLewin
Mahwah, NJ 07430-1803
Wants Your Opinion !
If you missed the 10/11 meeting, you can still
give input to Mahwah's SustainableEconomic Development Plan
Some of you emailed us and said you wouldn't be able to attend, can you still provide input, the answer is YES !
Mahwah Township Online Survey wants YOUR Opinion !
In a rare solicitation of YOUR OPINION the Township is asking what residents think of its plans for commercial development of the Franklin Turnpike and Rt. 17 corridors.
If these areas affect you or you have specific concerns about the development, the traffic, what should or shouldn't be there. This time, they're asking BEFORE the shovels come out. Grab the chance to say what happens to these critical areas.
click here Customer Survey - click here Business Owner Survey
click here for Maser Consulting's Powerpoint presentation PDF
If you would like to provide additional comments beyond the survey you can email :
Dave Roberts - email@example.com
Darlene Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
check StopMahwahMall.com for audio of the presentation- coming soon.
Sustainable Economic Development Plan
(this article is from Mahwah Township website)
On March 27, 2012 the Township of Mahwah received approval from the New Jersey Highlands Council to proceed forward with a $20,000 grant to complete a Sustainable Economic Development Plan. An Economic Development Plan is one of the optional elements within a Master Plan, which can be broadly described as a plan with efforts and activities aimed at increasing the local tax base, providing new employment opportunities and improving the overall economic and social sustainability of a community.
Sustainable economic development is described by the New Jersey Highlands Council as maintaining and expanding the existing job and economic base by promoting appropriate, sustainable and environmentally compatible economic development. According to the Highlands Council's Regional Master Plan, the objective of a Sustainable Economic Development Plan is to ensure long-term, sustainable economic viability, not short-term economic activity. Thus economic growth should be accommo¬≠dated in a manner that takes careful advantage of the unique and valuable built and natural resources of the Township. This is an important concept in a municipality with more than 7,600 acres of County and State parkland, 20 historical homes and structures, three archeological/prehistoric sites and two historic districts. The challenge is finding the balance between capitalizing upon and protecting these community assets.
The project will consist of four phases. The first phase is primarily background research on existing economic conditions within Mahwah. The second phase involves public outreach. Maser Consulting has crafted two surveys, a business owner and customer survey, to gather valuable information from the public. The information obtained through the surveys will be used in formulating the final document. Both surveys are presently posted on the Township's website. The third phase will be a public workshop, which will be held this fall. The last phase will be the creation of a draft Sustainable Economic Development Plan
What Types Of Businesses Would You Like To See Come To Mahwah? article by Jessica Mazzola - MahwahPatch.com
Tonight, in a rare solicitation of YOUR OPINION the Township is asking what residents think of its plans for commercial development of the Franklin Turnpike and Rt. 17 corridors.
If these areas affect you or you have specific concerns about the development, the traffic, what should or shouldn't be there, then tonight's gathering at the Senior Center (7pm) is for YOU. This time, they're asking BEFORE the shovels come out. Grab the chance to say what happens to these critical areas.
Jessica Mazzola – MahwahPatch.com
What Types Of Businesses
Would You Like To See Come To Mahwah?
This Thursday, Oct. 11, representatives from Mahwah’s township Planner Maser Consulting will be asking for residents’ input on the future commercial development of Route 17 and Franklin Turnpike.
The township of Mahwah is in the midst of creating ‘Sustainable Economic Development Plan,’ which officials say is aimed at fostering the growth of the economic sector of the community.
According to representatives from Maser, the development plan attempts to determine ways to increase the local tax base, provide new employment opportunities, and improve “the overall economic and social sustainability of a community.”
The plan is being put together using $20,000 in grants approved by the New Jersey Highlands Council this March.
The plan, Maser said, will outline how the township should balance preservation of its protected natural land, parks and historic sites with economic development.
This process, which is part of Mahwah’s conformance with the Highlands Act, is happening concurrently with Mahwah’s development of a new Master Plan. The plan suggests developing a 'downown area' on Franklin Turnpike. At recent Planning Board meetings, residents have expressed concerns about the commercial build up of Franklin Turnpike, citing potential issues like parking and traffic congestion.
Maser will be hosting a public meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Mahwah Senior Citizens Center to give a presentation on the plan, and invite feedback from the community. A flier from the firm says residents will be able to brainstorm and strategize about how to properly develop the township economically.
Wow ! Our Supporters are really special people !
Thank you to all the courageous people who braved the weather Tuesday night and came out for a wonderful evening at Roxanne's. We also welcome our new supporters that ventured out to join us ! It's always great to see old friends, and at the same time make new ones !
We had a very good turnout despite the weather. It was comfortable and cozy in our sunroom surrounded by nature's torrential downpour. Many of the people all knew each other and there was a lot of socializing between tables. It was really a fun party with great food and great company !
We heard from a a few and I'm sure there are many more, who couldn't join us because of the weather but will be sending along a check.
We received a generous check for $600 from Roxanne's and our supporters donated an additional $381 for a total of $981. That's amazing for a night with an impending tornado !
Thank you Peter Mastorakos for your generosity and support of the Mahwah community. We don't want to lose our local restaurants and businesses to generic mall chains ! Nothing beats the camaraderie and mutual support of our own community and we thank you for being a part of it and for your generous donation to that cause. We all had a very enjoyable evening !
We'd also like thank George Giannopoulos, Roxanne's manager and Roxanne's wonderful staff for a great evening.
Committee to Stop Mahwah Mall
Join Us for Dinner at Roxanne's
Roxanne's is hosting a fundraiser this Tuesday, Sept. 18, with the Committee to Stop the Mahwah Mall. Roxanne's is generously donating 30% of StopMahwahMall supporters' entire dinner and drinks bills from 5pm - 11pm (not including gratuity) to our cause!
Come with your family and friends when it's convenient for you and order as usual from Roxanne's wonderful menu. The greenhouse area will be reserved for us - just let the hostess know you're supporting Stop Mahwah Mall.
As you enjoy a great dinner and night out this Tuesday, you'll know that you're supporting a cause that has Mahwah at its heart, as well as a great local restaurant that supports us too.
The more the merrier and the more successful the evening for both our cause and for Roxanne's, just the kind of local business we love to love!
Roxanne's * 201-529-0007 * 150 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah
Thank you to everybody who was able to come out for a great evening of fun and great food at MB&G ! We knew many of the people who came last night and got to meet their families and it was wonderful to meet people we had known thru emails and phone calls or at the town meetings. Everyone had a great time, the evening was a big hit !
Together we raised $321 from MBG’s contribution, and our supporters donated an additional of $361 for a total of $682 for the evening !
We want to thank Craig Kunisch for a wonderful evening and his continued support of the Mahwah community. We all had a great time with friends and family. We would also like to thank Michael, MB&G's energetic manager of the evening and the wonderful and friendly staff for their great service.
A few of our supporters were newcomers to MB&G and said they enjoyed the food and atmosphere so much, they would definitely be returning regularly !
THE RECORD- Monday, August 27, 2012 - BY ALLISON PRIES
The Planning Board’s review of the application for the 600,000square-foot project — consisting of stores, restaurants and a movie theater — has been going on for six months. But hearings have slowed to one a month since May and the next one isn’t scheduled until Oct. 1.
Two developers, by contrast, received . . . read more
Developer presented new traffic plans. Many points were discussed among them, questions arose concerning safety and Suburban Propane.
Crossing Truck, Bus Traffic Concerns In New Crossroads Road Plan
by Jessica Mazzola – August 21, 2012 MahwahPatch.com
The Record Monday August 20, 2012, 11:07 pm
by Allison Pries
Developer cannot add properties to footprint of International Crossroads development in Mahwah
We just received word that Judge Carver has postponed tomorrow's hearing due to another trial. The hearing is rescheduled for September 21, 2012.
|Mercury Rising... !
Mahwah Mall Court Date Aug 17 !
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Our trial date is almost here and attorney Michael Kates has written an excellent brief for finding the initial Crossroads vote invalid. This would nullify the rezoning and void the developer's application.
We're looking forward to this result!
But this brings us to a reckoning of another kind too, and that is legal bills. Together we've raised over $14,000, a terrific record that attests to our concern for Mahwah and our quality of life here, and to our determination to preserve it. Our attorney has slashed his usual fees because we are a citizens' group with limited funds in whose cause he believes - but even so, we have legal bills we need to pay. By supporting our cause, YOUR cause, you are investing in a future without the crime, traffic and pollution a mall would bring to Mahwah.
If you've donated in the past, we thank you and ask that you donate again if you can. If you're one of the many who have thanked us for the work we're doing, please know that while we appreciate your sincere good wishes, we really need to ask you to donate now to our legal fund.
In last November's referendum, a majority of Mahwah voters (2,955) voted NO MALL. If half of those supporters donate even $25 we will reach our goal.
Please make a donation and help prevent Mahwah from becoming another mall community! We need your support in thought and prayer; and now, we need it from your pocketbooks and wallets as well! No amount is too big or too small - please give what you can!
Any donations in excess of our legal bill will be donated to the Mahwah Fire Department and Ambulance Corps.
Donate online through PayPal, which also accepts credit cards.
Or, you can pay by check made out to:
Please note "Stop Mahwah Mall" in memo line and mail to:
Stop Mahwah Mall
Thank you! for investing in Mahwah's future!
The Committee to Stop Mahwah Mall
Articles from Mahwah Patch, Suburban News and the Record
Keeping Mahwah Residents Informed
Next Planning Board Meeting
Click to read Reality vs. Developer's Promises
From prior meeting notes the Developer stated they would report back to the Planning Board on the DOT application on July 9, 2012. Mike Kelly, Mahwah's town engineer will also be present.
Tonight's meeting may also be reporting on drainage and environmental issues.
Also new business will include the Affordable Housing project on Rt 202 (Ramapo Valley Rd) and Strysko Ave. click above link.
Crossroads Proposes Changes To Roads Around Site-
Mahwah Municipal Building - 475 Corporate Drive
Make a difference in 45 MIN!
Come to Monday's Planning Board Meeting !
We need EVERYONE to come to Monday's Planning Board meeting, even if you can only stay for a while - your presence, even for 45 minutes or and hour, makes an incredible difference!
We can speak at both the beginning and the end of the meeting, so come, listen and have your say. If you have questions that arise after the initial public portion but can't stay, you can tell someone else.
EVERY SINGLE BODY in the audience, especially at the beginning of the meeting, MAKES AN IMPRESSION AND SHOWS THAT WE OPPOSE THIS PROJECT!
If no one is watching, the developer goes unquestioned regarding our concerns. A few examples:
ONE WAIVER IS GROUNDS TO REJECT THE APPLICATION!
COME HELP FIND THAT ONE WAIVER!
PLAN TO BE THERE
Monday, 3/12 at 7 pm!
Bring Family and Friends - Let's Fill the Room Again!