Anti-Mall Group Releases 'Mahwah At A Crossroads' Video
Video urges residents to attend town meetings on shopping development
Memebers of the Committee to Stop Mahwah Mall, a resident group that has been fighting the development of a 600,000-square-foot shopping center at the intersection of Routes 17 and 287, released a video Monday asking residents 'what makes Mahwah beautiful?'
The video contains several minutes of footage from around the township, followed by scenes of the shopping center's application being presented to the Mahwah town council. At its close, the video's creators, CSMM members David Howard and Michael Dalessio, ask viewers to become more informed about the development. Dalessio urges viewers to "ask questions before forming an opinion," about the development.
The video was released hours before the second installment of a public hearing on the so-called Crossroads Town Center in front of the township's planning board was set to begin Monday night. At each session of the hearing, residents are given 15 minutes to comment, and 30 minutes to question the developer's witnesses who appear in front of the board.
In previous interviews, Jim Jaworski, attorney for the Crossroads developer, has said he and his team will work to “answer any questions the public may have about the project," which is designed to include two box stores, a movie theater, recreational space, and an area with small shops. He did say at the last public hearing that he believes the plan for the development is "completely in accordance" with zoning laws in place at the time the developer's application was filed.