Township and Little Flower Church "Land Swap" Public Hearings Set To Begin Sept. 15


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Township Council will hold public hearings on the possible swapping of the land between the township and Little Flower parish on September 15, 22 and 29 and October 6, with October 20 set as an extra hearing date should one be needed.

Councilman Kevin Hall said professionals involved in investigating, negotiating and planning a possible land swap would address specific issues at each of the sessions.

The September 15 meeting will be an overall introduction of the project, explanation of the memorandum of understanding between the township and Little Flower, detailed analysis of the appraisal process and an explanation of the reverter clause contained in the original purchase of the Little Flower land from the township.

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September 22 will be a recap of the Harbor Consultants study that led to designation of the area around the current municipal complex as an area in need of redevelopment, deficiences of the various current township buildings and existing and future needs of each with a review of construction cost estimates.

September 29 will feature an analysis of the agreement between the township and the public library, discussions of the deficiencies of the existing library and its future needs and review of construction cost estimates as well as plans for possible relocation of the library to a temporary site during construction.

On October 6 there will be a presentation of the draft of the redevelopment plan  project of its potential tax impact and payment in lieu of taxes. Ir also will feature a presentation on the procurement process and the economics and logistics of scenarios involved both with dealing with the deficiencies in the current complex on the current site and constructing a new complex on the current site or the Little Flower site.

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