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Bloomfield Lot Hearing Thursday


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The Verona Board of Adjustment will hold another hearing on Thursday, July 12, on the proposed commercial and residential development at 176 and 200 Bloomfield Avenue.

DMH2 LLC DMHZ LLC of Sparta plans to build 7,000 square feet of commercial space topped by 14 two-bedroom apartments across the street from Everett Field on lots that back up to Westview Road and Montclair Avenue. The project has come before the Board of Adjustment because several variances are needed for it to proceed.

At the June meeting on the project, DMH2DMHZ seemed to concede that it could do without an exit onto Westview, a narrow one-way street, from one of the two parking lots planned for the development. Residents of the abutting streets voiced concern at the meeting about the deforesting, blasting and excavation that would be needed to transform the steep wooded lots into a buildable site. DMH2DMHZ‘s engineer estimated that it could take four to five months to excavate the 30,000 cubic yards of material that the company plans to remove from the site.

The Board of Adjustment meeting will be held in the ballroom of the Verona Community Center beginning at 8 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

NOTE: A previous version of this story rendered the name of the developer as DMHZ. It is DMH2.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. As mentioned previously, there are plenty of empty lots in Verona along Bloomfield Ave that could be developed. Why turn this space into yet another ugly strip mall?

    The Laning Ave school is already at capacity.

    I do not see the need for this development.

  2. Does your child play sports at Everett Field? Or attend Brookdale School? Can you imagine what 4-5 MONTHS (probably longer) of blasting?

    The meeting WILL run late (they always do) and it WON”T be wrapped up this time (most likely). But shouldn’t our kids and our environment be worth it?

  3. BLASTING FOR AT LEAST 5 MONTHS!!!! Stated by the applicants engineer at the June 9th meeting. 4 was never mentioned.
    How close to someones home can blasting be allowed?
    How high of a wall can someone build?
    In order to put up the 26′ retaining wall that is proposed the applicant will be blasting !!!!!LESS THAN 15 Ft !!!! away from a Westview Road home that is situated on the rear of a someones property. How does that blasting effect a 100 year old stone and mortar foundation? What does a resident that has lived in her home for 45+ years, do during this blasting?
    FYI–A 26′ retaining wall is close to/if not higher than/ most homes in Verona.
    According to the Veorna Building code the MAXIMUM height for a retaining wall is 6′.
    The applicant is seeking a 26′ Variance.

    Meeting tonight at 8 Verona Community Center!!!!

  4. Maria, at the meeting you are only allowed to question, not make statements (until the very end). At least that’s why I understand.

    Blasting for 4 months, 5 months, 6 months…whatever. It’s going to kill the local residents (as Jack pointed out). And how will it effect the local schools. Blasting is sure to have an impact on Brookdale (less than 1/2 a mile away) and possibly Laning.

    If I were a local business (blasting will be done right across the street from Quality Car Wash, Annin Flag Company and Decozen and very close to the Brookdale Plaza which includes Brookdale Cleaners, Classic Look Salon, Mardi Gras, etc) I would be very concerned as to how this would affect my business.


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