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'2017 is going to be a banner year,' says Mayor Bob Woodruff: Video Included on Berkeley Heights Township's Road to Redevelopment

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Edited 3/16/17 at 10:43 a.m. Video correction regarding statement from Mayor Woodruff saying there have been 10 public meetings regarding redevelopment, is actually 19 public meetings. 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor Bob Woodruff discusses the "Road to Redevelopment" in video to the citizens of Berkeley Heights to walk through the history of how the Township has arrived to the current plan for redevelopment along with timeline for the project.

Click here to view the "Livestream Video" recording of the Mayor's speech.

  • Decades for need of Municipal Redevelopment have been identified
  • Current Municipal Complex is Inadequate
  • Administration, Police, Recreation Space and Library are outdated
  • List of ills are many and include but not limited to: violation of codes, no handicap bathrooms, too few handicap parking, HVAC is inadequate and in poor condition
  • Detective Bureau is operating out of trailer
  • 19 public meeting plus four public hearing meetings at Gov. Livingston High School dedicated solely to the topic -- "Together we discussed and debated all of the possibilities seeking a solution that delivered maximum benefits to Berkeley Heights at reasonable costs. Along the way we determined the best way to proceed was under NJ Redevelopment Law," said Woodruff.
  • Benefits of going Redevelopment Law were discussed
    • You do not have to put down 5 percent of the project 
    • You control the project
    • Tax considerations that benefit the Township in the long run
  • All current council members and Mayor ran their election campaign on the support for redevelopment.
  • Welcome input and passion of the citizens 
  • Put preliminary planning behind us, we just hired our first professional services firm. 

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