Poll: What Do You Think About the Proposed CVS?

The Washington Twp. Zoning Board will continue hearing the application tonight.

First Hartford Realty has proposed to demolish several homes on Pascack Road and build a 14,600-square-foot CVS with a drive-through on the corner of Washington Avenue. The Washington Township Zoning Board will continue hearing the application at a special meeting tonight.

The developer had originally applied to build a CVS and another 4,000-square-foot retail store last June, but revised the application to remove the second store. At the first hearing of the revised plan in December, engineer David Caruso began explaining the plans but had to stop when Board Attorney Donna Baboulis realized that sufficent notice for the hearing may not have been sent because of a retaining wall that runs across several properties.

Also at the December meeting, attorney Christopher Minks argued that the board could not hear the application until the Department of Environmental Protection had reviewed a stream that runs through the back of the property. Minks has been hired to object to the plan by Northgate Condominium Association.

Before another hearing in January, First Hartford's attorney, Carmine Alampi, wrote in a response to Minks that Municipal Land Use Law allows the board to hold the hearings, according to NorthJersey.com.

The plan has drawn criticism from residents, who say the busy intersection won't be able to handle the extra traffic the store will bring. At a hearing of the original application, an attorney for First Hartford said the plan could help with proposed improvements to the intersection.

The meeting is tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Washington Township Municipal Building.

Edward J Rodriguez February 26, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I live on Leigh terrace and went on Clinton ave to count the number of vehicles avoiding the corner of Pascack Road and Washington Ave. Within 15 minutes on a tuesday 22 cars. So, I challege the traffic experts to see why those are avoiding that corner. By, typically speeding between 35-45 mph on a 25 mph zone. Thats not counting after or before 5pm. Theres obviously a misscalcuation of 14 making turns onto Pascack rd and right onto Washington Ave or a head in the sand theory. Lets pretect our families and friends. The corner has many turning lanes and there all within our unsafe neighborhood. Opening a CVS on would make an over burden corner impossible to deal with. Please look at the whole picture. My kids can't go to play outside for fear of traffic coming from all directions. My daughter lives on clinton ave. Her lot faces three streets. Remember this is a "family community" not a highway. CVS is not interested in the community. They are interested in monopolising the area. The resources will be our responsiblity when problems arise our officals and experts overlooked for their own benefit. You will have a difficult time getting the drugs that you need fighting traffic unless you're one of the few that ajoin borders within the proposed CVS complex.
Edward J Rodriguez February 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I agree with nancy. We're in no need of more traffic. When we have traffic using all the the streets the residenual streets to avoid the corner of soutbound Pascack for a right and left turn, westbound Washington Ave turning right northbound onto Pascack Road.
Jen March 07, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Wondering if the CVS will be surrounded year-round by an overabundance of bright white lights in the trees too.
VIctor April 26, 2012 at 01:59 PM
VIctor April 26, 2012 at 02:01 PM


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