EAST HANOVER, N.J.- If you grew up in East Hanover in the 1980s, on any given Saturday in the winter or snow day, kids living off River Road and Deforest Avenue could be sees sledding down the hills of what was once the Nabisco property. The transfer of Nabisco to Kraft Foods and then Mondelez, didn't stop kids from sledding. However, whats is proposed for the property now, will end that tradition permanently.
On June 25th, the East Hanover Town Council, and Mayor Joseph Pannullo's Administration held a special town meeting to discuss what they know about the future fate of the Mondelez property. The meeting was held at the East Hanover Middle School, and the auditorium, cafeteria and hallways quickly became crowded. NO visual broadcast was available due to technical difficulties, so Mayor Pannullo's voice echoed through the hallways while concerned citizens and recognizable faces sat and listened. Public officials such as Fire Chief Davino, Police Chief Cannizzo, Superintendent Bartlett, members of the OEM, EMS, DPW and many more organizations all sat and listened.
Due to affordable housing laws in New Jersey, the Mondelez property will be developed and a certain portion will be dedicated to affordable housing.
Mayor Pannullo and his Administration are working tirelessly to ensure the proper decisions are made and how the town can come together to deal with the proposed development. He also expressed his concern as not only the Mayor but as someone who also is a resident of East Hanover and how he feels the same as any resident.
KRE (Kushner Real Estate Group) is the Contracted Purchaser of the Mondelez Property. The are proposing 295 Luxury townhouses and 312 rental units. 15% of the total number will be reserved for affordable housing. In this case, 91 units total will be reserved for affordable housing.
Members of the Town Council expressed how they cannot totally stop it from happening but, instead negotiate with the KRE group and bring the numbers down significantly.
The Pannullo Administration is doing all that they can right now. The mayor expressed that he has always tried to relay information on anything happening in town to the townspeople and will continue to do so. Mayor Pannullo later stated t “We may not be related by blood, but we are related by community”, this famous line by Pannullo can be heard all around our community. Whether is is Superintendent Bartletts students and their #WEAREEH initiative or Hanover Parks #WEAREFAMILY initiative, there is no shortage of sense of community in East Hanover and, great efforts are being made to preserve that.
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