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Crossroads Hearing to Wrap, Solicit Public Comment Monday Night

Residents will get to make comments on the shopping center application before the planning board votes on its preliminary site plan application.

Monday night, Mahwah residents will have a final opportunity to address the township’s Planning Board before it votes on the preliminary site plan of the Crossroads Town Center.

After about two years of testimony on the 600,000 square foot shopping center, the Crossroads Developers are expected to give closing statements on their application Monday night at a 7:30 p.m. Planning Board meeting.

Members of the public will be able to address the board with any comments about the application before the board takes a final vote on it.

Planning Board Chair Todd Sherer said Friday he was “not sure” if a vote would take place Monday, or at the following meeting, depending on how long the public comments portion takes.

Members of the “Stop Mahwah Mall” group, which formed two years ago to stop the development of the shopping center, are expected to voice their opinions about the past two years of testimony on the application at the meeting. The group emailed a reminder to its supporters last week calling Monday night’s meeting the “last opportunity for the board to hear from us before it votes to approve or deny the application.”

The group also pushed for all concerned residents to attend the meeting.

When testimony wrapped last month, Sherer estimated that about 50 residents would attend the final hearing Monday night. Over 250 residents attended a township council hearing in March of 2011 during which the council approved an ordinance allowing for the shopping development on the Crossroads property.

If the board grants preliminary site plan approval, the Crossroads developer would then move on to seek approvals from the state and return to the Planning Board for another round of testimony and final site plan approval, officials said.

Monday’s meeting will be held at town hall on Corporate Drive.

Hank January 27, 2014 at 07:16 AM
50 people? your lucky if 25 show up
Gottardo DiGiacopo January 27, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Crossroads has successfully had our town approve a retail overlay zone for Crossroads Sheraton. That and the fact that they own that land allows them to resubmit any number of new plans at will. What is important for Mahwah's citizens to realize is the specific renderings and otherwise scant details Crossroad's has provided in this application process were NO ACCIDENT. These are seasoned veterans with lawyers ever at their side. Crossroads LLC did not casually or accidentally submit side view drawings clearly showing cinder block structures with styrofoam stucco veneers glued onto the fronts. They did this so that they can build on-the-cheap and have evidence that they were open about such intentions. People who were excited about what this mall could be need to wake up and reject this plan. Then the Crossroads developers can go back to the drawing board with a clear message and give us something worth having.
bsm221 January 27, 2014 at 08:35 AM
In an area saturated with malls (a new one opened recently about 10 minutes from Mahwah in Nanuet it is a shame that this was pushed through despite the wishes of residents. Look at any legitimate studies, malls bring crime. One only has to look at recently shootings and two local malls and gang activities, car theft ect. to see that reality. The financial costs, congestion, damage to local business and enviromental losses will forever change the quality of life in Mahwah. It's sad.
Hank January 27, 2014 at 09:17 AM
A mall a few minutes away will improve our quality of life. Local businesses like car dealerships, restaurants will thrive as the mall brings people with money to spend in our area. Its out of the way so it won't be a factor in most peoples lives unless they need to go there. The mall will bring needed full time retail Costco averages 16.00 per hr)as well as part time retail FOR OUR RETIRING SENIORS WITH POORLY FUNDED PENSIONS.
Gottardo DiGiacopo January 27, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Actually it will take business away from every business trying to make it on Franklin TPK, a new strip mall, the shopping center, restaurants, small businesses etc.. Crossroads will simply be poaching local business.
Hank January 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM
once again you are full of baloney, I guess you should have warned new eateries Imperial Dynasty, Sakura and Roxannes new parking lot that the mall will put them out of business. Seems like they are pretty confident about Franklin Tpk business. Looks like the banks were willing to lend them money.
Hank January 27, 2014 at 10:24 AM
I would also like to point out to STM that the council has been hearing expert testimony about the mall for 2 years. You guys sat there on your hands for 2 years saying "humina humina humina" as each expert submitted studies and facts. Now all of a sudden you are going to go there in a group on the last day. Great strategy. Be prepared to be the laughing stock of the town.
Nick January 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM
At least this puts the Blue Laws argument to rest. They don't mind building a mall less than 1 mile away from NY, where you can stay open on Sundays. It can't cause that much of an issue to businesses, or they'd build in Suffern.

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