To the Editor:
Members of Stop Overdevelopment of New Milford (SOD) have reached out to Oradell’s Citizen Action to Preserve Oradell (CAPO) to oppose a proposed development that's sited on Oradell’s south border. SOD's mission is to stop the construction of a large-scale mixed-use development on River Road and New Milford Avenue. CAPO supports the efforts of New Milford residents who lead SOD, and is reaching out to Oradell and neighboring communities that also will be affected by this development.
The 16-acre property, which is owned by United Water, is under contract for sale to S. Hekemian Group. Plans call for the construction of a 70,000-square-foot supermarket, a parking garage, bank and more than 200 housing units.
We agree that the planned development would make a bad situation so much worse in both towns as it would undoubtedly cause:
- Even more flooding in an area that is prone to severe flooding and resulting road closures;
- A huge volume of traffic in a severely “challenged” bottlenecked area, right near a school.
- Hazardous strain on the shared emergency services of both Oradell and New Milford.
As we have witnessed in recent years, severe flooding on the south end of Oradell has closed roads, damaged bridges and otherwise wreaked havoc on transportation, caused major flooding damage to neighboring homes, in some cases necessitated homeowners’ evacuation by boat. We believe additional development in this extremely flood-prone area will exacerbate these issues for residents both up and downriver from the site.
This is not just an issue for New Milford. It’s an issue for all of us. New Milford residents stepped up and spoke out to help us stop Walgreens from overbuilding in our town.
Now it's time for us to step up and help our neighbors.
We encourage concerned residents from Oradell and neighboring communities to attend an upcoming special meeting of the New Milford Zoning Board, on Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. in New Milford’s Borough Hall, at 930 River Road in New Milford. Let our neighbors know that we stand with them in this effort to stop needless overdevelopment in our area.
Citizen Action to Preserve Oradell (CAPO)