An Open Letter to the Frost Woods Community
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
Thank you for your passionate support of our shared effort to mitigate the high-density development planned for the corner of Old Stage and Summerhill Roads. While we are disappointed by the outcome, we are not surprised.
As attorney Tom Barlow shared with us from the very start, this process was always about lessening the project, not stopping it. And on that front, we have earned valuable concessions including a reduction in the number of apartments, reduced building height, dedicated public parking and access to Frost Woods and extension of the bike lane.
We learned a lot this year. We now know the difference between Zoning Boards and Planning Boards; C and D variances, affordable and low-income housing. We understand what “permitted use” means, that the impact of development on public education may not be considered and that Summerhill Road is a county road. Mostly, we have learned that citizenry is a verb and that intentional, informed action by the people, for the people is both a tremendous responsibility and opportunity. As Cathy's dad used to say, “if you don’t show up, you can’t complain.”
And so, we will continue to show up and we encourage you to join us.
East Brunswick and the environs are undergoing incredible development and redevelopment. This is putting pressure on infrastructure, resources and patience. To go forward, we must go together; to trust those who volunteer to serve on our behalf and to be there when we believe that despite their best intentions, another way must be considered.
This is our community. Today, we have a right to be angry and to mourn this loss. Tomorrow, we must get back to work.
Cathy and David Decker
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SaveFrost would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting last night and those who generously donated food and school supplies for local neighbors in need. There was an unprecedented turnout for an East Brunswick Zoning Board meeting which makes a strong statement about the opposition to this development.
As was explained and evidenced last night, this will be a LONG process where witnesses will be brought up one at a time to explain why the developer believes this project is justified and each witness will then be asked questions by the East Brunswick Zoning Board, the attorneys from Spotswood and SaveFrost and finally any and all audience members who wish for clarification on what was presented. Please note that this is normal procedure for any zoning board application. However due to public outcry and the substantial number of questions presented by the audience members, the deliberation of this project will take much more time.
At last night's meeting, only one witness (one of the property owners) was able to present and be questioned before time ran out. The next meeting was set for TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 8:00 PM AT HAMMARSKJOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL and the next scheduled witness is the civil engineer. For those involved in National Night Out, we plan on heading to the meeting straight from the event.
While we understand that human nature leads us to lose interest the longer the process goes, it is vital that you stay involved. Please plan to attend this next meeting as well as any future meetings. Your presence as well as questions and feedback are being noted by the Zoning Board who ultimately decide whether or not to grant the variances requested.
Please mark your calendars and remember there is power in numbers. Be patient, keep the faith, and stay strong in the fight for our neighborhood.
We are the citizens of East Brunswick and Spotswood who are determined to stop the proposed redevelopment at the intersection of Summerhill and Old Stage Roads.
Scroll to the bottom of this page and review the 11/2/16 planning board minutes. See who voted FOR this disaster and how concerned some were about the impact on traffic.
Beware: a high-density development project including 120 apartments, 291 parking spaces, rental office, bank and CVS (24 Hr.) is planned for the property located at the intersection of Summerhill and Old Stage Roads. Officials have made this information conspicuously difficult to learn.
Attend the East Brunswick Zoning Board meeting on 8/7 at 8pm, Hammarskjold MS.
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Meeting venue moved to Hammarskjold over concerns of large turnout
Overwhelming crowds expected at the 7/16 Zoning Board meeting
The Home News / Tribune cover the postponed 6/7 Zoning Board Meeting
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This project contains multiple unacceptable variance requests for a property that borders Frost Woods
ACTUAL QUOTES FROM THE MEETING
“I have serious reservations about the rezoning of the Mack-Cali tract…”
“I know how difficult that intersection is.”
“I’ve seen a lot of accidents at that intersection over the years.”
“The reaction of the police officers [East Brunswick] that I spoke to was you could not pick a worse spot…”
“I cannot support multifamily uses because once we have it as a permitted use, then, of course, they don’t need a variance.”
5/16 Sentinel article. Spotswood residents speak out in opposition to the proposed GOLDEN CORNER*
TAPInto East Brunswick interviews local residents
Local residents interviewed about the proposed "Golden Corner".
July 16 Meeting Notice for social media
Response to Mayor's Press Release
Mayor Cohen's Press Release
Traffic Study PAID FOR BY BUILDER
*Updated Zoning Variance Request
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*Why the nickname "Golden Corner"? A few years back East Brunswick promised the residents a modern, high end transit village on Route 18 at the site of the former Sam's Club. The project was called the "Golden Triangle". The design called for boutique shops and restaurants. After years of delay, the sophisticated and deep pocketed builder and their team of attorneys forced East Brunswick to accept an alternate plan. The result was a Walmart and 400 half occupied apartments with a lovely view of the Edgeboro dump. Even worse, no affordable housing units were dedicated to this sight which placed the burden on the other locations. SaveFrost.com encourages you to Google this project - it is an excellent case study in how big builders can successfully outmaneuver townships - even East Brunswick.