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Green Village Hearing Continues Tonight

A hearing for a 469-unit apartment complex, extended stay hotel, and retail space continues tonight.

The site plan hearing for 469-unit apartment complex, 130-room extended stay hotel, and a 20,000 square foot retail space on a 50-acre Route 206 lot continues during Thursday's Planning Board meeting.

The hearing, which had been postponed since January, met concern from both area neighbors and businesses, over traffic to and from the site.

The site is located on Route 206 North between Partridge Road and Valley Road, and one proposed entrance is opposite , according to the site plan. The current plan includes a full-turn access onto Route 206 on the southern part of the plan and a right-turn in, right-turn out at the northern entrance.

Of the apartments, 352 would be market-rate apartments and 117 would be affordable housing units. The apartments would be in 24 buildings that are two to three stories tall, and a swimming pool and recreation area is proposed for the center of the property. Residential buildings can be a maximum height of 48 feet, according to the Green Village zone ordinance.

The extended-stay hotel—there is no vendor to claim the buildings at present—would occupy eight buildings in 120,000 square feet. The retail space would comprise two buildings that are 10,000 square feet.

At its last hearing, a traffic engineer for Route 206 properties stated that a . The concern is that adding a light would create too many breaks or gaps in the traffic flow because of existing lights at Falcon Road and Partridge Road.

For residents nearby, particularly on the streets off Valley Road, traffic is the main concern. Several residents came to the most recent hearing, expressing worry about people using their streets to turn around rather than making a left out of the site.

In addition, the property has three drainage basins, located between the entrance roads on Route 206, and two near the stream corridor on the northwest corner of the property. The basins will outlet into the flood hazard area, meaning Robert Heibell, the applicant's engineer, will need to submit a permit to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the outlet pipe.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include Robert Heibell's first name and title.

Jennifer Esposito March 01, 2012 at 07:04 PM
NOOOOOOOOOO! Can't we leave any of the trees and areas of the town untouched? I don't really think we NEED more housing - especially apartments.
Laura Madsen March 01, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Heibel? Is that the property owner or developer?
S.G. March 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Robert Heibell, P.E., is the applicant's engineer. He works for Van Cleef Engineering Associates and frequently testifies for various applicants. The developer/applicant is Route 206 Enterprises, LLC. Laura, you were correct in noting that these items were missing from the article.
Laura Madsen March 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Thanks, S.G.
Brandon Knox March 01, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Everyone will fight this. Typical central NJ mentality. No one was complaining when their own houses were built, but once they move in they don't want anything in an area to change. Let them build, it'll be good for the economy. And it's not like it's a pristine piece of nature over there.
Michelle Mundt March 01, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Um - well I live on Valley Rd - and it's pristine to me. I would rather look at the not so pristine piece of nature then a bunch of low income housing and everything else that comes with it. The traffic is unbearable as it is.
jerseyjoed March 02, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I would guess that 469 apartment units will add about 600 kids to the school system. Are we ready? Whats the plan? This seems to me to be too large an undertaking for Hillsborough at this time.
BDVideo March 02, 2012 at 11:03 AM
That area is the meat of the traffic sandwich.
S.G. March 02, 2012 at 12:29 PM
The applicant's architect and planner are expected to testify at the next hearing and should address this question. Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearing, listen to the testimony, and ask pertinent questions.
JohnTownie March 02, 2012 at 02:51 PM
That number of apartments would produce 50-75 public school children. You are pretty far off. You are just throwing out an uneducated guess.
JohnTownie March 02, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree, Brandon. So many peole want to stop everything.
S.G. March 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
One of the items on which the number of school children added to the public schools will be based is the number of bedrooms in each unit. Without that information the calculation cannot be done accurately.
JohnTownie March 02, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The apartments are mostly one and two bedroom, with a small number of affordable three bedroom apartments. If they were all two bedrooms, there should be fewer 50 public school children, based on the most reliable data available from the 2006 Rutgers study.
jerseyjoed March 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
John, yes, it was an uneducated guess that might be a little on the high side, but yours seems very low. 469 apartments and your number assumes around 400 (or more) apartments will house no school age kids! You're also assuming that people with kids in those apartments won't move elsewhere in town and be replaced with families with more kids. Maybe you're right and I'm wrong (caution, I'm NOT usually wrong). I just hope there is a realistic plan developed and not some boondoggle that we'll live to regret.
Bruce Radowitz March 02, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Can someone figure out what the approximate tax revenue would be for the town from converting this piece of land to something usable. I would think the amount would be quite substantial. The next question, would be what would the cost impact be to the town. Then, and only then, in my "opinion" could any rational, reasonable person, make a decision as to whether the revenue generated matched against the loss of open space is worthwhile to the town..

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