Memorial Park City Zoning Decision Tonight

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 12:29pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Maplewood Township Committee’s final hearing and vote on expanding the Memorial Park development is at 7:30 p.m. tonight, January 18 at the Municipal Building, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood.

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


  1. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  January 18, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    If you stand across the street, not on the sidewalk, but 50 feet into the park, on the other side of the stream next to the bridge, in the spring, and we make the street look 100 yards wide, and if you look back at the building through the leaves and trees, then, THEN the building looks ok.

    It’s the architectural rendering version of vaseline on the lens.

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I'm struck by how much attention is being paid to the details of a parking lot, as opposed to the attention paid to the future impact of the monstrous projects being planned.

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