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Vacation of Broadway Right-of-Way Emerson, NJ

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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!


Concerned Emerson Residents
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