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A good starting point for Post Office Plaza

At last we have some idea what the new apartment house on Bowers Lane might look like:

 

This is the view from the railroad embankment, alongside which there will be space for at least 17 cars. The short end of the L-shaped building runs along Bowers Lane. We have yet to see the sides that will be visible from the street.

 

The lower level includes seven family apartments and a community room with a prep kitchen.

 

The upper level has eight family apartments, including two three bedroom units.

That’s the tentative design presented by Tom Toronto of Bergen County’s United Way and Mike Scro of Z Plus architects at a public meeting conducted by Borough planner Kendra Lelie last night at Borough Hall.

Of course, that United Way design is only the first step. Our planner has promised a collaborative decision-making process known as a “charette.”

(Here’s a definition: https://urban-regeneration.worldbank.org/node/40)

Assuming it’s a real charette, we residents and taxpayers will have multiple opportunities to help choose the ultimate design.

Don’t wail ‘till the design goes to the Planning Board/Historic Preservation Commission. By that time it will be harder to make changes.

Start raising any questions or issues now, while there’s still time to make a difference. For instance:

What will the place look like from Bowers Lane, or from the rest of Post Office Plaza?

Will the route along the south side of the Annex – from our public parking lot to Bowers Lane – still be a road, or only an alley?

Where will the new residents park their bikes and scooters?

Will the requisite electric charging station take up another? Will non-residents be allowed to use the later?

You can start by reviewing our planner’s Power Point: https://onedrive.live.com/edit.aspx?resid=B17AECD7AF3011DE!591&ithint=file%2cpptx

For a more detailed explanation of the proposed design and the process, check out this short video of the meeting:

Here’s how the Tap described the presentation:

https://outlook.live.com/mail/0/inbox/id/AQMkADAwATIwMTAwAC0wMmFmLWFmNDctMDACLTAwCgBGAAADm2aEtb9zqkivM9bdxIhNiQcAvxBBvbpmYUeDFmvpbvi7CgAAAgEMAAAAvxBBvbpmYUeDFmvpbvi7CgAF%2BLOYfQAAAA%3D%3D

Great News

Yesterday morning, after three tense public hearings, Morris County Superior Court Judge Stephan Hansbury soundly rejected the Kushners’ brazen attempt to cram an unpopular 100-rental unit project on mostly public land behind our Main Street Post Office.

That decision frees Chatham Borough to meet part of its affordable housing requirements by building a 15-unit apartment house there, as our Mayor & Council voted on May 2.

For a quick summary, watch the video of Mayor Kobylarz’s comments in this Tap story:

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/chatham/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Chatham+Borough+Mayor%253A+Court+Finds+that+the+Borough+is+in+Compliance+with+its+Affordable+Housing+Obligations%253B+SV+Suit+Denied&utm_campaign=Chatham+Borough+Mayor%253A+Court+Finds+that+the+Borough+is+in+Compliance+with+its+Affordable+Housing+Obligations%253B+SV+Suit+Denied

For details, check out the records at e-courts, culminating in this final court order finding Chatham in compliance with its affordable housing obligations through September 29, 2026:

Will the Kushners accept that outcome and let Chatham build some affordable housing at Post Office Plaza, or will they continue to sue, appeal, and otherwise try to block progress? Stay tuned here and at this FB group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2429255717325924

What’s that huge thing going up on River Road in Chatham Borough??

https://www.facebook.com/618423460/videos/1332066163997362/

#keepchathamsmall

Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to come:

Source:

https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/1399493/2022-05-27-HEFSP_amendment.finaladopted.pdf

#Keepchathamsmall

Want to see massive overdevelopment like that all over town? Re-elect Karen Koronkiewicz

https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NJ/Morris/116156/web.303253/#/detail/0014

Like a dog with a bone

Looks like the Kushners will never give up trying to seize control of Chatham’s Post Office Plaza.

They’re still kicking and screaming to a Morris County Judge, even after he denied them standing, our Mayor announced the timetable for a better plan for that spot, the Borough Council voted to backstop the cost up to $6 million, and the Special Master seemed satisfied.

#keepchathamsmall

The Kushner partnership SV and FSHC are trying to re-litigate the same issue the judge decided at the last hearing:

On October 12 they filed this with the court:

On October 21 they demanded that the court reconsider its decision:

Check our what Chatham counsel Jonathan Drill has to say about all that:

FSHC is on their side:

Will the judge do the right thing again? See for yourself! Monday, Nov. 7, 10:00 am, Morris County Court House, Morristown, NJ

Why $6 Million?

Why would the Borough Council vote to backstop the POP project to the tune of up to $6 million?

Here’s why Chatham is bonding $6 million for a 15-unit housing project.

Here’s a copy of the report by the Special Master:

Last Act?

Has Chatham met its obligation to allow affordable housing in the Borough, including Post Office Plaza?

We’ve done everything on the punch list. Now a judge will decide if that’s enough.

Come see for yourself: Monday November 7, 10:00 am, in Court Room 151, Morris County Court House, 56 Washington Street, Morristown, NJ,

The choice is yours

Do you like Chatham’s small town quality of life?

Or would you prefer to see our leafy little town transformed into yet another crowded NJ city?

That’s the choice you’ll make when you cast your vote for Chatham Borough Council members this fall. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2429255717325924/posts/3235741443344010/

If you’d like to see Chatham turned into a densely populated city, then you’ll vote for incumbent Council member Karen Koronkiewicz.

Photo Credit: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/chatham/sections/real-estate/articles/chatham-borough-mayor-kobylarz-casts-tie-breaking-vote-for-post-office-plaza-chooses-15-100-affordable-housing-over-kre-100

You can count on Karen to try to turn Chatham into a city. She recently voted to sacrifice 100% of our public parking at Post Office Plaza so a rich developer could build a 100-unit, commercial/retail housing project that would have clogged up our streets, and cost taxpayers heaven only knows how much. [Check out Option #2 at http://chathamchoice.org/2022/04/sophies-choice/]

A vote for Karen is a vote to turn Chatham into another crowded NJ city. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2429255717325924/

Would you prefer to preserve our small town quality of life? Then you’ll vote for incumbent Council President Irene Treloar.

Irene resisted intense pressure to go along with Karen’s overdevelopment scheme. On May 2, she voted to substitute a modest, 15-unit apartment house, fulfilling our need for affordable housing without destroying what we love about Chatham. [Check out Option #3 at http://chathamchoice.org/2022/04/sophies-choice/]

You can either vote for Irene alone, or cast your second vote for one of the other candidates on the ballot.

Either way, your vote this November will send a powerful message to the Mayor & Council about your vision for the future of Chatham Borough.

Here’s the result:

https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NJ/Morris/116156/web.303253/#/summary

Good News

Now thanks to a wise Morris County judge, Chatham Borough will have a chance to build 15 affordable apartments at Post Office Plaza – and not 85 unaffordable apartments.

#KEEPCHATHAMSMALL

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/chatham/sections/real-estate/articles/judge-hansbury-rules-in-favor-of-chatham-on-pop-the-town-deserves-a-chance-to-meet-their-obligation-with-stand-alone-units?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Judge+Hansbury+Rules+in+Favor+of+Chatham+on+POP%3A++The+town+deserves+a+chance+to+meet+their+obligation+with+stand-alone+units&utm_campaign=Judge+Hansbury+Rules+in+Favor+of+Chatham+on+POP%3A++The+town+deserves+a+chance+to+meet+their+obligation+with+stand-alone+units