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Move Group Cabin off Church Road

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Church Road Residents - the state of New Jersey wants to build a group cabin on our residential road. The Superintendent at Washington Crossing State Park shared what he's been told about the project, which isn't much. Anyone 18 years and older with a driver's license can rent this facility for 7 to 12 people. They can live there for up to 40 days. This group cabin will be open year round. Once started the project will be fast-tracked and completed within 18 months. We have quite a few concerns regarding this group cabin being placed on our residential street. 1) Safety Issues: a) Unsupervised renters will be within yards of our children as they wait for the school bus, kick a soccer ball, ride their bikes, etc. b) Who will patrol this property to ensure that park rules and regulations are being followed as it is not within the confines of the park c) How often will they patrol this property as it is not within the confines of the park d) Young adults may consider this group cabin a party house as there are no park rangers around to watch over them. e) Unsupervised renter children wandering off and drowning in the pond. f) Unsupervised renter children playing on and in very close proximity to a residential road. g) Street traffic will increase as the renters come and go at all hours of the day and night. h) A major concern for both residents and renters is the intersection where this group cabin is being placed. Anyone not familiar with this crossroads could easily cause a serious accident. 2) General Concerns: a) Depending on where the group cabin and parking area is located there will be more noise such as; vehicle traffic, radios, camp fire gatherings, door slamming, loud voices, perhaps even yelling and screaming, etc... at all hours of the day and night. b) Will the park have enough employees to maintain this property if more employees are cut as was threatened last spring c) Renters not being in a prime location to enjoy all the park amenities without getting in a car and driving 2 miles to the front entrance. Washington Crossing State Park has tent sites which are located near hiking trails, the nature center, playgrounds, picnic areas, the open-air theatre and the museum. If the true intent of the state is to build a group cabin so people can enjoy the wilderness then the group cabin should be located in the wilderness of the park not on Church Rd. If this is a money-making idea to help sustain our state park to ensure it's still here when our children have children we support this idea wholeheartedly. Place it where it will make money; within the confines of the park in the vicinity of park facilities. This group cabin if built on Church Road will have a negative effect on our neighborhood. We deserve answers to our questions. We have sent this letter to our neighbors informing them of this project and asking for their support (some we already have). We have sent it to our township and state officials. Surprisingly some of these officials have informed us they are unaware of this project. We have sent a copy of this letter to our local newspapers. We feel it would be beneficial to all to consider changing the location of this group cabin.


Concerned Residents of Church Road


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