Vacation of Broadway Right-of-Way Emerson, NJ

BACKGROUND: A report from Maser Engineering was filed in the township of Emerson, NJ regarding construction of a multi-housing project along Broadway. For the construction to occur the township of Emerson would either need to 1. Change the zoning to a smaller lot size currently required in the area (from R-10 to R-7.5); 2. Create a new less restrictive zone; or 3. Purchase property from the Hackensack Golf Club. In the process this latter option could connect our quiet dead end blocks to traffic. As it stands at present there is not enough property to complete the proposed building project without one of these three options taking place. And if the trees are taken, will an unsightly net be placed behind these proposed housing units ACTION: We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our Emerson Officials to call a meeting for all Broadway area and concerned residents to be educated on the plans being discussed. We would also like to know why a report was paid for to study construction of this area without local residents being notified first via certified mail prior to asking Maser Engineering to investigate. The Broadway and surrounding residents purchased their existing lots knowing there was not enough property available to build across from them. As borough residents we would never have approved a study which would interfere with why our Emerson homes were purchased in the first place; our quiet, open space neighborhood. In addition, this area in question has never been maintained by the town, only by local residents. Also, considering all the ratable property the town will be gaining with our current, unfinished downtown project, we cannot understand why this Broadway study was conducted at all. In addition, part of the area in question is designated Open space conservation on our town zoning map!

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    Rose Marie Azmi, United States

    7 years ago Comments/ OR address: It is time to stop things from just "happening" in Emerson without all of the residents being informed and constented. You can not keep taking all of our open spaces, it is not right. Most of this moved to this town because we like it the way it is.
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    Lisa Thomas, United States

    7 years ago Comments/ OR address: The area between Broadway and Patrick is the only path for the kids of Emerson to cross to the other side of town (except for walking along Kinderkamack or Forest.) Do the kids want you to build houses there No-they want the town to mulch their path!
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    Lisa Thomas, United States

    7 years ago Comments/ OR address: I would like to thank the mayor and council of Emerson, NJ for listening to the residents and stopping the proposed Broadway Paper Street development. I look forward to the path for the children of Emerson and other walkers to use. I would like to also thank the residents of Emerson who signed the petition. As stated by Margaret Mead "Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Thanks again! Lisa Thomas
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