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~New Proposal for Summerhill & Old Stage Slated to Come Before EB Planning Board Makes 25 Demands, Before Election Day, Tell Candidates We Want a No Vote~
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (October 30, 2018) – SaveFrost.com, the residential activist organization opposed to redevelopment plans at the dangerous intersection of Summerhill and Old Stage Roads, is calling for candidates to pledge to fight the latest proposal to redevelop the site.
Last month, on September 17, developer HD Summerhill LLC submitted new plans to East Brunswick regarding the highly contested parcel of land at 377 Summerhill Road (located at Summerhill & Old Stage Roads in East Brunswick). The revised proposal, which is available for review at savefrost.com and by request at the Township, now calls for seven buildings: five residential towers, a CVS pharmacy and CHASE bank. It also includes a request for twenty-five variances, exceptions to the law to build as the developer sees fit. The filing is slated to come before the East Brunswick Planning Board and a date has not been set.
According to SaveFrost.com, residents need to be aware that the new plan, while as dense as the first, does not require a height variance under law. This means that the new plan will come before East Brunswick’s Planning Board and not the Township’s Zoning Board.
“We are outraged by the new plan which continues to ignore our very real concerns for the safety, wellbeing and character of our community,” said SaveFrost.com activist Cathleen Decker. “Developers are asking for twenty-five exceptions to build the monstrosity they want, giving us twenty-five reasons to say no and we must,” said Decker.
It is unclear at this time if previous plans have been withdrawn from consideration by the East Brunswick Zoning Board, “so it is possible that HD Summerhill LLC is hedging its bets, keeping both proposals in play,” said Decker.
For more information about the 2016 rezoning that paved the way for this redevelopment, including ignored advice from previous East Brunswick council members such as “I cannot support multifamily uses because once we have it as a permitted use, then, of course, they don’t need a variance,” and “I have serious issues about the rezoning”; comments from the current administration and all filed plans, visit SaveFrost.com.
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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.
Savefrost.com is a volunteer organization led by a team of dedicated professionals, particularly attorney Thomas W. Barlow of Lombardi & Lombardi. Find out more below.
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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