To The Editor:
Oradell and River Edge residents have reason to be concerned about the proposed enormous Hekemian development at the intersection of New Milford Avenue and River Road near the Oradell border.
For example, covering the sixteen acre property with 200 housing units, a 70,000 sq. ft supermarket, large parking garage and a bank will reduce the amount of water that would otherwise be absorbed by the land. River Edge and Oradell will suffer the consequences flood waters destructive of property and increased municipal costs to cope with the flooding.
In addition, the cost of maintaining the paved streets near the development is likely to be increased because higher volume and heavier vehicles require higher quality (probably more expensive) paving materials etc.
River Edge and Oradell will feel the increase in taxes to the county for maintaining the county roads that will experience higher volume and heavier traffic. I am not as familiar with local traffic patterns in River Edge as with those in Oradell. I foresee that higher municipal taxes in Oradell will be required to pay to maintain the many Borough streets that will also experience heavier use because of the development. For example, New Milford Avenue, Elm Street, Kinderkamack Road, Grant Avenue, Ridgewood Avenue and the other feeder streets will require higher grade materials able to handle the heavier demand.
The proposal has too many costs for too few benefits. Want to have an impact? New Milford residents convened a group, SOD - Stop Over Development. Contact SODNOW@yahoo.com
Regina C. Little