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How Do You Feel About The Possibility Of A New Mall In Mahwah?

Your chance to voice your opinion on Patch

As the township is in the midst of a decision about the to the Crossroads complex, which would include 600,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

As the beginning of what will likely be many "You Said It" segments on the community's feelings on the possibility of a mall in Mahwah, Patch caught up with some locals to find out their opinions on the issue.

Joey Bourgholtzer March 12, 2011 at 03:22 PM
I too sat in that traffic on Franklin Turnpike last night. There was no accident, etc., it was only VOLUME. People need only to look around, even in the last few days, at the traffic and the FLOODING to know that this mall (built right at the junction of the Ramapo and Mahwah rivers) would be a disaster. If we can't fix the problems that exist, we have no business building a huge mall that will only add to those problems. And so true about property values in Mahwah. People have traditionally moved to Mahwah for a certain quality of life--to escape the malls, traffic, and congestion. Mahwah would lose the unique niche it occupies. "Bergen's Parkland?" No longer! Go to www.stopmahwahmall.com to sign the petition and come to the Council meeting March 31, 8 pm to say NO to this! The Council needs to listen to its residents. This is not a decision for a very few to make over the objections of so many. These are our ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.
Michael Richards March 13, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Can four people decide the fate of Mahwah? NO MALL IN MAHWAH. Come to the Mahwah Council meeting on Thursday March 31 at 8:00pm at the town hall and let your voice be heard. Please go to www.stopmahwahmall.com to sign the petition!
Daniel Weixeldorfer March 13, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Here are my questions about the project and what I think the residents should have answers about: 1.Who is called for every shoplifting suspect? MPD? 2. Who is called for every car accident in the parking lot? MPD? 3. Who is called for any car stolen from parking lot? MPD? 4. Who is called for every store alarm that goes ? MPD? MFD? 5. Who is called for anyone sick or injuried? EMS?,MPD?,MFD? 6. I would like to here from the head of the EMS what impact if any it would have on them to have to cover the mall. 7. I would like to here what the Chief of Police feels the impact would be on MPD if any. 8. I would like to here from the Fire Chief what impact would there be on his dept if any. 9. I would like to know if a traffic study was done on roads other then RT 17 and if so what were those results. 10. When Willowbrook Malls was built in Wayne they said it would not effect the flood problems Wayne had even though it was built close to the river. Today we all know that that was wrong it did have an impact. I would like to see the results of a study that show what paving that much land does with run off, and where the water will go. 11. What effect if any will this mall have on our water and sewer usage and cost? 12. I have heard the tax dollar revenue estimates from the project but what costs will Mahwah have to collect the revenue? 13. The most important question of all is DO THE RESIDENTS OF MAHWAH REALLY WANT A MALL IN MAHWAH?
Judy Richards March 13, 2011 at 05:04 PM
As a resident of Mahwah, I most emphatically believe a mall built at the Mahwah Sheraton Crossroads would destroy the essence of our town. The developers try to seduce the Mahwah citizens into believing this mall would provide Mahwah with a town center, and liken it to downtown Ridgewood. Would Ridgewood ever allow two 'big box' stores such as Costco or Walmart to be built in the center of their town and is their town center at the crossroads of three major highways such as Route 17, Route 87 and Route 287? We have traffic problems aplenty now at the juncture of Routes 17, 87 and 287, with backups causing spill off onto Franklin Tpke, Island Road, Route 202 and other local roads. Can you imagine the traffic nightmare that will be created after a mall, the size of Paramus Park mall, with two "big box stores", a multi-plex theater, another hotel and 600,000 square feet of retail space including eateries and shops will do? This mall will take business away from Mahwah's local stores and cause them to close. It will lower Mahwah's property values and bring crime to our town. Do we want Mahwah to become "Paramus North"? Do we want the future of OUR TOWN to be decided by 7 people ? Mahwah residents, the time is NOW to join together as a community to fight for OUR TOWN! Come to the Mahwah Town Council Meeting, Thursday, March 31st at 8:00 pm. Visit http://stopmahwahmall.com and sign the petition.
V April 14, 2011 at 03:44 AM
Gioni, have you actively listened to what the "doomsayers" have said? We don't need this. We have enough crap on 17. Mahwah is suburban, not urban. If you want a mall, go move closer to one. But don't bring one here.

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