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Durrell Development Hearing Thursday

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Just a reminder that there is another Planning Board hearing tonight, Thursday July 26, on the proposal to build 33 attached townhouses on the former Bahr Lumber lot on Durrell Street.

The plans put forward by Lennar, a national home-building company, call for each townhouse in the Huntington Park complex to have two bedrooms and a total of 2,600 square feet of  interior space. The basement of the units is being billed as a “bonus” room, and it has been designed without a bathroom or egress windows so as to not be usable as a third bedroom. Town officials have said that they believe that two-bedroom residences like these are likely to add few children to Verona’s public schools.

The development faces opposition from a group of Durrell Street residents, who filed a suit in April against the Township of Verona, the mayor and Town Council and the Planning Board. The suit alleges that the town did not follow proper procedure when it reclassified the Bahr lot from an M-1 manufacturing zoning to A-3 residential in August 2011. The 3.6 acre property had been home to the Bahr business from 1924 until January 2011.

The Bahr lot is one of two spots in Verona that are the subject of a redevelopment plan. Sparta-based developer Dennis Handel is looking to clear and level a two-lot parcel opposite Everett Field along Bloomfield Avenue for a mixed-use development. His plan, which has drawn opposition from residents of Westview Road and Montclair Avenue, would create 7,000 square feet of commercial space topped by 14 two-bedroom apartments. The next hearing on that plan, which is before the Board of Adjustment, will be Thursday, August 9.

The Bahr lot meeting will be held at the Verona Community Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

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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]

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