Demolition Begins At Bahr Lumber


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Bahr-DemolitionRain isn’t the only thing coming down this morning: Demolition has begun on the former Bahr Lumber site to make way for a new Lennar Corp. townhouse development.

According to Tom Jacobsen, who heads Verona’s Buildings Department, demolition permits were issued last Thursday for the project. Work on the site was put on hold after a lawsuit was filed by Durrell Street residents against the Township of Verona, the mayor and Town Council and the Planning Board over the change in zoning on the site from M-1 manufacturing to A-3 residential. The 3.6-acre property was home to the Charles Bahr & Son lumber business from 1924 to 2011. (Bahr Oil has moved its headquarters to Bloomfield Avenue.)

Terms of the lawsuit settlement are confidential, but Verona Township Manager Joe Martin expressed satisfaction that work was beginning on the site. “This is an important project for Verona,” said Martin, who will be meeting with Lennar officials on Tuesday to review their construction plan. No building permits have yet been issued.

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Lennar’s original plan called for six buildings set perpendicular to Durrell with street-front facades that will look like a single-family home. The buildings will contain 33 attached townhouses with two bedrooms and a total of 2,600 square feet of interior space.

Lennar intends to build 6 townhouse buildings perpendicular to Durrell.
Lennar intends to build 6 townhouse buildings perpendicular to Durrell.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
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 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. I am a former resident of Lynwood Rd right below the Bahr’s Lumber yard property. I hope they consider the water that runs down the hill from Bahr’s onto the properties on Lynwood Rd. That could be a definite problem. Also the fact that the oil fill up for the oil trucks use to be on the side of where of the office was near the old train tracks. Pollution problems could exist!


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