Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Ten years ago, the Montclair Tax Assessor advised World War II Veteran Sam Debnam that his property 448 Washington Ave 100ft front and 150ft deep qualified within the law for “Minor-Subdivision” making two 50ft lots. While, the board affirmed that the 50-foot subdivision is the appropriate width requirement in the neighborhood, but would still require a variance request. Sam Debnam’s “minor subdivision “application failed to pass with a 4-to-4 vote at the Feb. 26 planning board meeting
We support our friend and neighbor, a lifelong member of Montclair, Sam Debnam, a 96-year-old World War II Veteran who has borne a lifetime of activity making wholesome contributions to Montclair.
As a WWII Veteran, Sam Debnam has sacrificed to make contributions to “Montclair Diversity”, it is unconscionable that a World War II veteran is presently suffering undue hardships, threatened with extinction as the population of African American’s living in Montclair according to the U.S. Census once was stable at around 30% for decades, has now fallen from 32% in 2000 to 27% in 2010 (U.S. Census).
We address this campaign to the Montclair Planning Board. We petition the Montclair Planning Board to compassionately use all the considerations at its disposal to the application represented by Mitchell MacGregor, owner of Mitchell MacGregor Contracting of Montclair, to subdivide the property at 448 Washington Ave., in order to build another home on the lot
The same Montclair Planning Board has approved so many variances for out of town wealthy developers, awarding variance approvals for construction of new streets, tree removals, and adding new housing units. There have been many new housing units approved by the Montclair Planning Board in South End where none of the residents were concerned with density and the impact on neighboring property values, as a result of the new construction.
Hence, while denying a World War II veteran Sam Debnam approval for a variance encompassing “9 feet”, the more egregious insult is this same Montclair Planning Board recently recommended to the Town Council that the lot width in this neighborhood change from 60 feet to 50 feet.
Eight One-Family Structures (44 Pleasant Avenue)
Four Luxury Townhomes (99 Claremont Avenue)
Four Dwelling Units (92 Elm Street)
Four New Single-Family Dwellings (14-16 Madison Avenue)
By signing this petition in support of Sam Debnam, we call on the Montclair Planning Board to accept resubmission of Sam Debnam’s application as represented by Mitchell MacGregor, owner of Mitchell MacGregor Contracting of Montclair, to subdivide the property at 448 Washington Ave., in order to build another home on the lot.
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