Thursday, December 6, 2012
A group of Hillsdale residents are concerned about a plan for a sober living home for recovering addicts located near George G. White Middle School.
A plan for a proposed sober living home on Magnolia Avenue is facing opposition from a group of Hillsdale residents. The residents have gathered more than 400 signatures for a petition and submitted a letter to the Hillsdale Planning Board Tuesday requesting the hearing be adjourned to a meeting early next year so they can have more time to research the issue and decide whether or not they want to hire an attorney to formally object to the application. Hearings for the application have been rescheduled several times because of Hurricane Sandy and a request from the applicant. It is currently scheduled to be heard at the December 18 planning board meeting. Board members said at a meeting Wednesday that they would wait until the December 18 …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Some Hillsdale residents are concerned about a planned sober living home near George G. White Middle School.
Update: According to the meeting agenda posted on the Hillsdale website, the applicant's attorney has requested this be adjourned to the Dec. 18 meeting. The Hillsdale Planning Board is scheduled to begin hearing a plan this week for a sober living home on Magnolia Avenue. Residents and officials discussed the plan during their meeting last week, though council members were cautious not to share their own opinions on the issue. Some Hillsdale residents are concerned about the home because it's just a few houses away from George G. White Middle School. "Our house is right next to the playground and we see the children there, unsupervised, all the time," Barbara Finnegan said. The home will be for former addicts and "executive men" who have …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Local officials have called off this week's planning board meetings because of Hurricane Sandy.
Updated at 12:24 p.m. Westwood and Washington Township officials announced Monday that their respective council meetings this week were canceled due to the storm. A hearing for a sober living home on Magnolia Avenue has also been postponed because of Hurricane Sandy, according to a notice from Hillsdale officials. The application will likely be heard when the Hillsdale Planning Board next meets on November 7 at 7:30 p.m. The home's owner plans to open a sober living home in a Magnolia Avenue house, but the close proximity to George G. White Middle School has some parents concerned. If the plan is approved, homeowner Donna Lally would live in the lower one-bedroom portion of the house, while as many as four men recovering from alcohol and/…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The woman who wants to open the house to recovering alcohol and drug addicts said she hoped to help men restore order to their lives after going through rehab.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jim Leggate
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A proposed sober living home near George G. White Middle School has some Hillsdale residents concerned about children's safety. "Something like this doesn't belong next to a school," Mayor Max Arnowitz said. The home's owner, Donna Lally, said she understood the concerns but hoped that her neighbors would come around. She described the home as "sober living for executive men." The residents would all be 28 or older and voluntarily pay to stay there. There would be no court-ordered residents and the facility does not use government funding, according to Lally. "I think they need to come to an understanding of what I do here, and not be afraid," Lally said. Lally said she wanted to open the facility because of the impact addiction has had on…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Hillsdale Planning Board voted to deny an application to build 36 apartments on Orchard Street between Broadway and the train tracks.
The proposed Orchard Street apartments have officially been rejected. The Hillsdale Planning Board unanimously voted to deny an application to build a 36-unit apartment building during their meeting Wednesday. Developer 100 Park Avenue Associates had proposed to demolish three Orchard Street homes and build a new 36-unit apartment building in their place, which would have included four low income housing units. The building was designed to match a nearby apartment building on Patterson Street owned by the same developer. Mark Sokolich, the attorney representing the applicant, said the applicant had made many changes to the plan at the request of residents and officials, including the drop from 46 to 36 planned apartments. Sokolich said he …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A United Water representative says the planning board is not qualified to approve a dam.
A group of Hillsdale and Westwood residents want more input on United Water's plan to upgrade the dam at the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir, according to Don MacLachlan, an attorney hired by the residents. MacLachlan said he believes that an attorney for United Water, who wrote earlier this year that the utility does not need to appear before the Hillsdale Planning Board, is incorrect because some aspects of the plan violate Hillsdale's land use, soil movement and tree removal ordinances. "What we're asking for is not simple opposition," MacLachlan said. "What's critical here is that Hillsdale continue to take the lead in requiring that any citizen, be they the most humble individual or the most humble trillion-dollar multinational water company…