Do You Want A Mall In Mahwah?

A month before you will vote on the issue at the polls, vote on this week's Patch poll.

Four weeks from this Tuesday, township residents will vote in a non-binding referendum about their feelings on a 600,000 square-foot shopping plaza that a developer has plans to put at the intersection of Routes 17 and 287 in Mahwah.

According to a , the “Crossroads Town Center” will include an additional 175K sq.-feet of office space, and possibly a hotel. The developer said the size of the shopping center would be comparable to that of the Ikea in Paramus, will include one or two box stores and a movie theater, and would be pedestrian-friendly.

The town council that re-zoned the land in question to allow for the development this March. After that, a citizen group, the Committee To Stop Mahwah Mall, created a petition to get the question of whether or not the people of Mahwah want the mall to be posed on the November ballot. The petition was signed by 2,020 residents, and as a result the Town Council in August on the November 8 ballot.

The council also passed in March, moving the space back to its original zoning, for offices. However, the Crossroads Developer, LLC, for the mall one day before the council switched the zoning back. The site plan is currently undergoing professional evaluations, part of what the township before anything might actually be built.

There are currently filed against the township trying to stop the mall, one from the CSMM and one from the town of Suffern, NY.

Since the debate sparked about the mall seven months ago, people in town have expressed differing opinions as to why they may or may not want a mall in Mahwah. Those against the mall say it may lead to increased traffic problems, may increase crime, have negative environmental impacts, and turn Mahwah into “Paramus North.” Those in favor say it will bring in jobs, tax revenue, money to fix existing traffic problems in the area, and a “town center” to a place that is lacking a traditional “downtown.” Proponents also say retail is better than some of the other development options for the land, such as low-income housing.

So, for this week’s Patch poll, the question is, do you want a mall in Mahwah?

JoeRobertson October 27, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Yeah, right Pete. There will be no traffic impact. Yup. Uh huh. Sure. You have a mall with NO TAX ON CLOTHES on the border of NY State that has more than 8 percent tax, and you honestly think that's not going to attract more out of state cars? And you will have a multi-plex theater too. But you're, right, nobody will be driving their cars there, and there will be no additional traffic when the movies start and let out. All the movie goers will be riding their horses to the theater. OK.. just walk your dogs, live in you la-la land, and don't say we didn't warn you if this monstrosity gets built.
Hank October 27, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Joe Robertson, The ad clearly states 20,000 more cars daily 20,000 parking spaces? repeat your ad says line 1 :20,000 more cars daily btw Palisade Center website says it has 9.700 parking places your the people throwing major BS 15 mile radius: Paramus mega Mall,Riverdale mega mall,Harriman Mega Mall,Nanuet Mega mall, Palisades center mega mall 5 Mega malls in 15 mi but somehow an additional 20,000 cars are going to drop everything and come to Mahwah daily! please explain that is what the ad in VD times clearly states I'll walk some dogs now
JoeRobertson November 01, 2011 at 08:54 PM
First of all, you assume. Let me make this clear. I am NOT a member of the CSM, and have nothing to do with the ad or that organization other than to sign their petition. However, their ad is correct. Perhaps you don't understand how shopping works. You do not park in a space for 12 hours to shop. You may go in, shop for a half hour, and leave. Then, someone else will take your parking space. Secondly, the other mega-malls in NY State charge taxes on clothes. NJ doesn't.. so you will be getting people traveling over the Tappan Zee Bridge, and Rt 17 from Westchester and Orange County in New York state to the Mahwah mall to shop. And by the way, it's "you're," which means "you are" not "your" which is possessive. Your lack of education is showing. Go walk your dogs.
Hank November 02, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Interstate and Kohl's sell clothes where's the NY mega traffic?...explain Prof. Joe 6000 Ramapo Students on a 2 lane rt 202 .... no traffic...enlighten me huge mix of commercial/residential/Home Depot/ MacArthur/Ridge where's the doomsday traffic? speak to me o learned one
David May November 07, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Check out video footage from the recent "Meet the Candidates" event held by the Mahwah Tea Party http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhyWXEU5IsE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL


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