Community activists opposed to the development plan — which encompasses a site directly adjacent to Memorial Park — urge all town residents to attend the hearing before tonight’s vote, to voice their opinions. The Township of Maplewood is proposing a 50 foot high, 50-unit rental building (plus parking), according to the Save Memorial Park web site. They say:
While residential development may make sense for the area, a 50-foot building is completely inappropriate on the Park. It would be the second highest building in town. With tax abatements being dangled in front of developers, an abysmal real-estate market, and a site that may need significant infrastructure work, the Township has failed to convince us that this will be in our economic best interest. In fact, we believe this may prove costly to us.
Another opponent Hilding Lindquist, says on his blog site The Old Man in Maplewood that tonight’s vote is “one of the most important if not THE most important of the decade at the beginning of the new millennium because it has the potential of radically altering the character of the connection between Memorial Park and Maplewood Village…”
Architectural rendering of the proposed apartment building from SaveMemorialPark.org.