Residents Voice Concerns About Landmark Plan
Traffic, pollution, and the manner in which Radburn approved the Daly Field development contract were among the arguments against the project made by attendees of Tuesday night's Borough Council worksession.
After Landmark L.L.C. presented its development plan for Daly Field and the adjacent Hayward Parcel to the Fair Lawn Borough Council on Tuesday night, residents in the audience got their chance to voice a variety of concerns about the project.
The Radburn Board of Trustees voted 8-1 in favor of a revised contract for the sale of Daly Field to Landmark on Monday night. Radburn residents were able to attend the vote, but Fair Lawn resident Craig Miller said the fact that everyone else from the borough could not attend "saddened and angered" him.
Before the Borough Council decides whether or not to appeal a Bergen County Superior Court ruling that granted Landmark permission to build 200 housing units on Daly and Hayward (the actual plan calls for 165 units), the borough should hold a meeting for the general public to speak for or against the project, Miller said.
Resident Maureen Moriarty said Landmark needs to take all necessary action to safeguard against groundwater pollution plumes flowing under Hayward. While the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection "basically can't stop anyone from building," Landmark should still take environmental precautions with its development, Moriarty said.
Felice Koplik, chair of the Fair Lawn Historic Preservation Commission, asked "Can this [development] really happen with one way in and one way out?" regarding an extension of Ramsey Terrace that will serve as the development's entrance and exit. Mayor Joseph Tedeschi responded that the Fair Lawn Fire Department will have to determine if that situation is adequately safe.
Jo Marie Sachinelli was most disturbed by the traffic she anticipates the development will create. Sachinelli lives on Ellington Road and called that the "other side of town," but said that with the development's projected addition of 360 cars to Radburn, many of those cars will take Plaza Road to her neighborhood and clog traffic. Landmark needs to take the other neighborhoods its development affects into account, Sachinelli said.
The "iconic" signs that spell out Radburn's name on both sides of Daly Field should remain intact when the area is developed, Larry Koplik said, because the signs are famous around the world and have come to define Radburn.
Kathy Moore was also concerned about groundwater pollution plumes, saying that people who live near the proposed development need to know what protection they will receive if the plumes spread.
While Landmark stated in its presentation that the design of its development falls in line with the architectural's concepts of the rest of Radburn, Moore said she feels that is not the case because while Radburn has six-unit per acre density, Landmark's development is twice as dense.
"It's a joke to call this a Radburn architectural project," Moore said.