Crossroads Developer Files Site Plan

Special council meeting to repeal ordinances allowing for mall is Thursday night

The Crossroads Developers LLC, the company seeking to build a 600,000 sq.-foot shopping center at the intersection of Routes 17 and 287 in Mahwah, filed a preliminary site plan with the township building department, according to the developer’s attorney Jim Jaworski.

The filing comes one day before the town council had scheduled a special meeting to adopt a new zoning ordinance that would change the area back to its original zoning, which allowed for office space.

The Mahwah town council approved three ordinances in March that allowed for retail development on the site. However, a backlash from a citizen group – The Committee to Stop Mahwah Mall – prompted the council recently to try to reverse its previous decision.

The CSMM submitted a petition with over 2,000 registered voter signatures on it demanding a non-binding referendum on the November ballot asking the feelings of the citizens about having a mall in the township. In response, the council moved to repeal the three zoning ordinances “as quickly as possible.”

After a required review from the Planning Board and publication of the ordinance, the council was set to adopt the new ordinance Thursday night.

However, due to New Jersey’s Time of Decision Law, if the developer files a complete site plan before the new ordinance is adopted, it will not be subject to the new zoning.

“We filed pursuant with the laws as of August 31,” Jaworski said.

According to Jaworski, the plan will now be reviewed by the township’s Construction Official Gary Montroy, and then proceed through other offices in the township to make sure that it is legally considered “complete.”

“Hopefully, we can have a public hearing on it in a few months,” Jaworski said.

In addition to the site plan, the developer filed drainage calculations, a soil movement application, both compiled by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., architectural plans completed by the Dietz Partnership, a traffic plan prepared by Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc., a planning analysis prepared by Kauker and Kauker, LLC, a preliminary security plan by IPS Corporate Security, and fees and an environmental inventory report.

No variation was filed and the attorney said he submitted what he believed was a “complete” site plan.

Mayor John DaPuzzo said he thinks the council should "proceed with what was planned and rescind the ordinances [Thursday] night," because it has not yet been determined if the site plan is complete. "It is a monumental task to submit a complete plan on the first try," he said. The mayor also said the non-binding referendum will appear on the November ballot either way.

chris September 01, 2011 at 06:48 PM
I wonder what the flooding will be like in the west side when this is built
M. Mahwah September 02, 2011 at 01:11 PM
@chris, that's why site surveys and engineering has to be preformed. Good for the developer....I hope they win, and the "people" realize that law is not governed by emotions. I feel bad for the council members that had to retract their previous decision because of ill-informed members of our community.
John Camlic September 02, 2011 at 09:43 PM
M. Mahwah... you have no clue what you're talking about. This is not about emotions, this is about FACTS. FACT: this will make a bad traffic situation many times worse FACT: this will require more police and police cars FACT: this will require more ambulance and fire (both sorely need more members as it is) FACT: this will cause more flooding FACT: this will bring in more crime FACT: THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT IT!!!!!!!!!
Average Joe September 02, 2011 at 10:29 PM
But see, none of those are facts with cited sources, they're just your speculations. Cite some sources, show some statistics, don't just say things that sound like they could happen.
Ben Berman September 07, 2011 at 02:25 PM
The facts behind John Camlic's assertions are either on the table, or have been on display for years for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. The need for additional police has been stated by the relevant township officials; ambulance and fire as well. It is common knowledge in the township that the ambulance corps, currently volunteer, is under pressure WITHOUT the mall. The security proposal the developer has made is a joke more than a proposal, and is low-balled. I don't blame the developer; that is the game he is playing. We here in the township, however, will live with the consequences of these decisions going forward. Have you been to the northern reaches of Route 17 during a rainstorm recently? Does anyone in the township (who understands that the property under discussion acts like a sponge for the river and the acquifer from which we get our well water) have any doubts about the effects this development will have on the current flooding in the area? And, oh yeah, the area proposed for the recreational use at the site was ALREADY under water when the council approved the original boneheaded ordinances, ignoring the wishes of some 400 Mahwah residents, not one of whom spoke up in favor of this mall . . .
JP September 22, 2011 at 01:49 AM
John, can you publish the studies that show it'll be worse? Waiting...
JP September 22, 2011 at 01:52 AM
We don't speak up in public anymore because as soon as we open our mouths in favor we either get shouted down or put down. At least here we can speak our minds without being censored by the loud mouths.
Hank September 22, 2011 at 06:13 PM
I think the people who want the mall are laying low I've yet to see a" build the mall" sign anywhere in Mahwah .I don't care either way, I didn't sign a petition and I doubt if I'll vote on it...... although it would be a great place for a Costco.
JP September 24, 2011 at 06:40 AM
It's the ideal place. It's out of the way from anything else in town and already has highway access. Otherwise this site is just going to become more run down and unsightly. I'd even go for the casino there if it came to that. The casino would at least have some kind of mall in it. People don't get it, we could still have the Ford plant there if history had taken a different path, then they WOULD have something to complain about. Like environmental destruction from paint dumping. Heck, I bet if the Sheraton was just being proposed to be built now they'd object to that also. The crime, the traffic, the need for police and fire if we build a hotel there!!!! Oh my. NOT! It didn't happen. (We should go back and actually see what the complaints were back then and show people how wrong they were. I'm all for providing past examples of foolishness, ala Pilot Truck Stop.)


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