and we OPPOSE Robert Hermansen
Many of you have asked for our input on the upcoming election.
Here it is:
WE ENDORSE JANET ARIEMMA.
We OPPOSE Robert HERMANSEN and the Hermansen/Lockwood/Montroy "ticket."
WE ENDORSE JANET ARIEMMA for her clear stand that the mall should not have been approved. She is the only candidate to state (in her letter to the editor and in her speech on Candidates' Night) that, at the least, a new traffic pattern is needed first. She is a strong, pro-green acres environmentalist who is against uncontrolled development and for preserving Mahwah's character. She is against the Pilgrim pipeline, which also threatens our aquifer.
She is the only candidate who defined and clearly stated her position on the issues (besides the ubiquitous issue of controlling taxes, though, rest assured, she also addressed that). You can read more of her views in her own words here: (read her letter or download pdf) and watch her Candidates' Night speech here: click to view on youtube. You'll like what you see.
WE OPPOSE ROBERT HERMANSEN especially because in the 2011 election, in addition to campaigning for John DaPuzzo, who gave us the mall, HE WAS SEEN BY SEVERAL OF OUR MEMBERS DISTRIBUTING MATERIALS FOR THE DEVELOPER, ALONG WITH HIS DISTRIBUTION OF DAPUZZO'S CAMPAIGN MATERIALS. HE WAS ALSO A STRONG PROPONENT OF THE MALL WHEN IT WAS AN ISSUE IN 2007.
He has also approached our members and volunteers and has been overbearing in his opinions and in dismissing our right to our opinions and our presence at town functions. Others have experienced the same pattern of behavior (Councilman Harry Williams Speaks Out and Former Councilman Lou Rizzo Speaks Out).
IN ADDITION, we stand by Janet Ariemma and oppose the Hermansen/Lockwood/Montroy ticket because Mahwah's form of government is nonpartisan. Partisan politics impose political obligations, and candidates running on group tickets benefit certain groups, not all residents. While Janet Ariemma is an independent, unaffiliated with special interest groups or political parties, Hermansen and his "running mates" (Bob Lockwood and Gary Montroy) are clearly aligned with a political party. They offer you three candidates with "common values," a "triple play," a "collectively... powerful...force" in Mahwah.
WE SAY NO THANK YOU.
You asked where we stand and that's it. We're for a candidate who will vote with conviction, independence and integrity for the good of Mahwah, especially when the chips are down, and with the goal of preserving Mahwah's small-town character and feel. We don't want a regional mall, nor do we want a political voting bloc, especially one that is so strongly pro-mall. With four candidates to elect, let's make one of them a strong anti-mall environmentalist and reject the three who would bring partisan politics (plus a mall) back to Mahwah.
REMEMBER how important it is to vote. For example, Robert Hermansen won by only 49 votes last election.
A final word on another subject: our appeal will be heard in Superior Court on November 19. Your support has been much appreciated throughout this long process, and stay tuned--we look forward to having good news to report!
We still welcome your contributions to help with legal costs.
Thank you for your support for Mahwah !
or make checks payable to:
Kates Nussman Attorney Trust
and mail to:
Stop Mahwah Mall
115 Franklin Tpk #265
Mahwah, NJ 07340
You've told us you don't want a mall with its traffic, crime, environmental concerns, etc., and we've acted on that. Now is the time to back your concerns with a donation. Keep the momentum going and thank you in advance!
Jan Ariemma for Town Council
My name is Janet Ariemma. Most people call me 'Jan'. I have lived in Mahwah for 51 years. I am running for office because I want to make Mahwah a better place to live for everyone. I graduated from Mahwah High School Class of 1971. I have two children who live with me and who both graduated from Mahwah High School too. My mother lives in Mahwah. My brother and his family live in Mahwah. My roots are in Mahwah. So, if elected I won't let Mahwah down.
I am not a seasoned politician. I am a concerned citizen with a unique background. I have a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Ramapo College in Mahwah and a Masters, Degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland. I taught at Ramapo College as an adjunct professor. And I have been working in the field of information technology for the last 35 years developing business application systems for distribution companies, manufacturing companies, insurance companies, and I am currently employed by a large telecommunications corporation where I have been for the last 15 years. I think that my background qualifies me to hold the position of council person in Mahwah.
I am an independent candidate. I am not affiliated with any special interests or parties, so my loyalties are to all the people of Mahwah and not a particular subset of them. I seek no political, financial, or social gain from office. I am here to help.
To me, this campaign is not a personality contest. I will not agree with someone just to get their vote. I stand firm for what I believe in and I will fight for the betterment of our town.
My platform is a work in progress. It does not include all the current issues facing our township. I have excluded topics where I feel that I do not yet have all the facts that I need in order to make an informed decision on that topic (for example: the ambulance squad). However, I can tell you that I think that privatization of essential services like the ambulance squad is not in the best interests of the people of Mahwah.
My goals are to lower taxes and decrease development in the township.
I would like to preserve the rural character of Mahwah. I am against uncontrolled development and do not want us to become a city. On important issues, we need to work out our differences and stand together like many of our neighboring towns do.
I have lived in my current home since 1985 and have watched my taxes multiply to five times the amount that they were. I would like to slow the growth of taxes. We all need to realize that spending money on unnecessary 'perks' that benefit a few, increases the taxes for everyone, including those who do not benefit and cannot afford to pay.
I am a strong environmentalist who is pro-green acres. I believe that we should save our green acres and not plow them down. I am against fracking in the township, and we need a resolution against it. I am against the Pilgrim pipeline, and we should fight it.
I believe that all large nonessential capital expenditures should be put on the ballot for taxpayers to vote on and should not proceed without the consent of the majority of the voters!
I believe that the mall should not have been approved before we had a new traffic pattern first!
I am for keeping the Mahwah Pool open and putting in some minor maintenance in order to attract more members.
I am also in favor of creating affordable senior housing complexes in order to help our seniors and contribute to our affordable housing quotas.
I think that communication between the township and the residents of Mahwah should be improved so that it is easier for people to find the current status of important issues that our town is facing (for example: the mall).
I hope that everyone gets out and votes on November 4th and would greatly appreciate the support of the Mahwah voters. I am #1 on the ballot.
You can find me on facebook at: Jan Ariemma for Mahwah Council
If you have any questions or comments, you can also email me at: JANETARIEMMA@GMAIL.COM.
Thank you in advance for your support! And don't forget to vote #1!
Hundreds of Mahwah residents attended Monday night's Planning Board meeting to give testimony against the mall application. Despite numerous safety, traffic, environment and mall security issues brought up by the public, Mayor Laforet and Planning Board members: David Bagatelle, Peter Rudolph, Todd Sherer, Dan Weixeldorfer, Jonathan Marcus voted to approve the preliminary site plan for a mall.
The 3 votes not in favor, citing safety concerns because the limited ingress into the site were Chuck Jandris, Ward Donigian and Jeremy Crean.
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THE APPLICATION IS OVER.
Crossroads has concluded their testimony before the Planning Board. During this year-long process, residents have been confined to questions only (no comments or opinions allowed!) about the applicant’s testimony at each night’s meeting (no questions on the overall plan allowed either!).
NOW COMES THE PUBLIC HEARING.
On Monday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., the planning Board will hold a Public Hearing for the specific purpose of receiving input from residents. THIS IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR THE BOARD TO HEAR FROM US BEFORE IT VOTES TO APPROVE OR DENY THE APPLICATION—THIS IS THE TIME for your comments, opinions and statements about how this mall will affect Mahwah and you!
THEN THE PLANNING BOARD VOTES.
We need the hundreds of people who showed up nearly two years ago to come and make a statement with their presence. YOUR PRESENCE and, ESPECIALLY, YOUR INPUT are the best ways to impress upon the Board that Mahwah residents care about this and it should DENY THE APPLICATION.
Mon 12/2 * 7pm - Planning Board meeting
Security after Garden State Plaza
Dear Mahwah Resident,
Those of you who attended the Nov. 18 Planning Board meeting know that once again the topic of security at the mall was postponed and is now due to be discussed at this Monday's meeting (Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m.).
It's our opinion that Crossroads hasn't wanted to address security while the shooting at the Garden State Plaza was so much in the news. Both weekend days preceding the Nov. 18 meeting again featured front-page articles on the shooting.
Monday's meeting is scheduled to address architecture and security. By combining these topics, it seems that Crossroads is again trying to downplay the issue.
Any bets which - architecture or security - will be presented first? We're betting on architecture. Then, when everyone's been put to sleep or has left, will come security. It's a common ploy of developers to present contentious topics when few people are present.
Please come to the meeting if you can. Our original email sent before the Nov. 18 meeting is below. We'll be checking Monday so we can alert you if agenda topics change again at the last minute.
Mall security after Garden State Plaza shooting
Much has happened since our October email advising that the meeting addressing mall security was carried to Nov. 18 (now this Monday, Dec. 2 - 7pm).
While no one expects that the shooting at Garden State Plaza would be repeated in Mahwah even if the mall were built, it's now impossible for that event not to color any meeting on mall security in New Jersey.
A recurring theme in news articles was the enormous amount of preparation, coordination and practice with local and regional police that is an ongoing component of security at Garden State Plaza (read Record article 11/6/13) and, no doubt, at most malls. Is Mahwah prepared for that? Certainly it was not addressed at the first meeting that dealt with security at Crossroads.
Coupled with the frequent traffic arrests that result in weapons charges on the highways surrounding the Crossroads site, it is clear that anticipating such an event must be part of any emergency plan for the proposed development. Until the shooting at Garden State Plaza, most of us hadn't really thought in those terms.
While Monday's meeting deals with on-site security, we must also keep in mind the limited and difficult access to the Crossroads site if the mall, with its accompanying traffic congestion, is ever built. Another factor that takes on added importance in view of recent events is that Crossroads' security planner has so far only dealt with corporate security. This would be his first mall.
Below is our original October email on mall security. It seems almost naive on a re-reading.
Please come to the meeting if you can.
Bergen Record article 11/16/13 by Abbott Koloff, Karen Sudol and Matthew McGrath
Bergen Record article 11/6/13 by Joan Verdon
Mahwah Ord. 1686 says the security guards required for a mall cannot arrest or detain anyone, but must immediately notify Mahwah police to respond to any "actual or suspected violation." Mahwah, not the developer, will pay for that police protection. Crossroads confirmed that scenario when they first addressed "security" on June 24, 2013.
At that meeting the Board also told the developer that too many questions were unanswered to consider what was presented "a plan," and told them to return and resubmit. This is scheduled for Monday (Nov. 18) at 7 p.m.
The police department says at least two additional officers (approx. $100,000 + benefits each) would be needed for the mall, and along with increased police numbers come more vehicles and equipment. Last year police overtime alone was $514,000 - and at almost $8 million, the police department is by far Mahwah's biggest municipal expense. Not only will Mahwah suffer the consequences of a huge increase in crime if this mall is built, but Mahwah taxpayers will foot the bill.
As detailed in a recent Record article, crime hits hardest at malls with the easiest highway access. A 2013 National Retail Federation survey identifies North Jersey as #7 nationwide to be most affected by organized retail theft. (Read Record article "Thieves put Paramus malls to the test" )
The junctions of three major highways (and two states) make the proposed mall a prime target on the "easy highway access" map. Its big box stores and 10-plex theater make it not a "town center" but a regional mall where strangers, not locals, will be the norm.
If these facts and figures concern you, come to tonight's meeting and tell the Board! The Planning board has not yet made any decision on this application!
Stop Mahwah Mall is appealing the judge's decision that clears the way for a mall.
Please contribute to the cause! Donate online here.
From the first, we've believed in our suit and believed that Mahwah is infinitely better off without a mall that would place big box stores, a 10-plex theater and much more at the area's biggest traffic bottleneck.
For a reminder of what a mall portends, read the Record's account of Monday's Planning Board meeting: "Soil Cleanup a Concern for Mahwah: Officials, Crossroads in Tense Exchange"
You may have read news reports that yesterday Judge Carver ruled against us and ruled that Mahwah's ordinance restoring the original office zoning was invalid. According to the judge's decision yesterday, the mall is legally allowed to proceed.
However, while this is disappointing, the fact is that the Crossroads application is still before the Planning Board, and the Planning Board has still not reached a decision on the application.
At the next Planning Board meeting (Monday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.) environmental issues surrounding development of this contaminated site located above Mahwah's aquifer and on the Ramapo River are scheduled to be addressed.
Michael Kates, our attorney, is away until after Labor Day. When he returns, we will be conferring with him to decide what our course of action will be.
Many initial decisions are overturned at the appellate level and worthwhile fights are often not easy. Depending on community support, that fight is a possibility. In the meantime, we are still focused on the Planning Board hearings.
Your input on how we should proceed is invited, bearing in mind that an appeal requires monetary support from the community. And we thank you all for that support, both past and ongoing.
In answer to to a question many of you have asked, the mall is NOT a done deal.
To address any misconceptions, the application has NOT been approved by the Planning Board.
Listen to the recording of last night's Planning Board meeting with questions from both residents and Board members. The meeting supposedly addressed mall security but the Board told the developer that too many questions were unanswered to consider what was presented "a plan."
"This is very bare bones. We want a plan," was Board Chairman Todd Sherer's comment to James Jaworsky, attorney for the developer.
The applicant is now scheduled to re-present a plan containing some detail to the Board on July 22. Click and listen to hear the various deficiencies. June 24 Planning Board meeting.
(right click to download the mp3 file - 91 mgs)
The Crossroads application continues Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm and the subject is security and architecture.
Ordinance 1686 requires that the mall have private security. Come ask your questions about what this includes, what private security is and especially ISN'T allowed to do, and how many additional police must be hired by Mahwah taxpayers and at what cost. For example:
Ord. 1686 (3-13.5) states a security officer "shall notify the Mahwah Township Police immediately upon discovery of or observing an incident or accident believed to require Police assistance or any actual or suspected violation of the laws of the State of NJ or Township Ordinances" and (3-14.6) "no security officer shall have any police power, responsibility or authority."
With Mahwah drug arrests, especially along Rt. 17, constantly in the news, the mall (if built) will be a magnet for this and other criminal activity and will require constant police intervention. If you think police expenses are a problem now - well, prepare yourself!
At the first meeting that dealt with "architecture," answers to the Board's questions about what the mall would actually look like were vague in the extreme. Board Chairman Todd Sherer called the color drawings "pretty pictures" that were "completely different" from the actual black-and-white footprints of the buildings and noted that whereas the color drawings showed benches and pavers, the black-and-white plans showed plain concrete. Mayor Laforet stated that the ordinance was "loosely written" and said the Board wanted control over the design. In reply to his question of "Will we have control?" the developer's attorney said he "could not answer that question."
Those are just a few examples.
Come to the meeting at 7 pm Monday to see whether they have any better answers this time around.
Hope to see you there.
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!