Development: Do You Prefer Retail or Residential?
What would you say if a proposed apartment and hotel complex were all retail space?
Development? It’s a hot topic in Hillsborough.
With the Planning Board hearing on the proposed Green Village development continuing March 22, and several storefronts now becoming vacant, Hillsborough Patch has to ask—would residents be more likely to accept the development if it were shops rather than housing?
For those who haven’t followed the Planning Board, the Green Village development—which is still undergoing a site plan hearing—is a 469-unit apartment complex, 130-room extended stay hotel, and a 20,000 square foot retail space, proposed for a section of Route 206 that’s across from United Rent-All. 117 of the apartment units would fulfill affordable housing requirements—which means the town has to build those affordable units somewhere in order to fulfill a state requirement.
The plan has been met with questions from residents who are concerned about traffic and flooding that could occur from both building on the site and from removing 75 percent of the trees there now.
Of course, the Planning Board can't outright deny an application. The board is required to hear the applicant's case, according to New Jersey Land Use Law and can only deny plans because of certain criteria—such as a plan that doesn't conform to zoning criteria.
What do you think? Are you unhappy that the development—though the affordable housing units would need to be built regardless—are residences? Would your opinion change if it were all retail?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments.
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