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.