Borough officials are entertaining a proposal to build a 230-unit apartment complex off Main Street.
Representatives of the developer, Capodagli Property Company of West New York, gave a brief presentation of the plan that the company will formally bring before the borough in the near future.
This presentation was held in front of a packed audience of concerned residents at the April 20 Borough Council meeting.
After the presentation, nearly a dozen residents spoke and questioned the plan. Most were not supportive of such a large development along the busy Main Street corridor.
Resident Richard Lane said it already takes him 15 minutes to get out of his driveway during rush hour, and he expressed concerns about additional traffic the development could add to Main Street.
Several residents urged the governing body to consider how a development of this size could impact the local school population.
Capodagli representative, Joseph Gurkovich said the project would be beneficial to the borough because the new residents it would bring in would support local businesses, and because the site would bring in over $1 million in ratables annually.
During the meeting, several residents questioned where the $1 million figure came from, and suggested the governing body look at the impact the proposed development would have on the local police, fire and public works departments.
Gurkovich said the company plans to purchase two parcels of land near the American Legion building totaling 4.5 acres. During the meeting, the Gurkovich said the sale of the two properties would be contingent upon the approval of the project.
The proposal is only in the beginning stages, and the presentation was just a formality to help introduce the idea to the governing body, Gurkovich said.
The next steps for the developer would be to seek approvals from the local zoning and planning boards.