Chatham Residents Urge Borough of Chatham Council to Keep Vine Street, Greenwood Avenue Paths Open

The paper street portion of Vine Street as seen from Tallmadge Avenue Credits: TAP Chatham
Vine Street path to Tallmadge Avenue Credits: TAP Chatham
Marker in ground delineates Chatham Borough property that could be vacated to homeowner Credits: TAP Chatham
The end of Tallmadge Avenue, where the Chatham Department of Public Works is accessing the Riverside Trail now under construction Credits: TAP Chatham
Stairs at the end of Red Road that pedestrians can use to walk under the tracks toward Shepard Kollock Park without accessing Main Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Path from Red Road tunnel that ends near Fern Avenue and Vine Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Area of Chatham Borough that has walking access to Shepard Kollock via the Vine Street path to Tallmadge Avenue Credits: Google Maps

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham residents, anticipating the subject of vacating paper streets that were discussed at a meeting last June, came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday to urge the council to maintain pedestrian access to these "cut-thru" or paths.

No action has been taken at this time but will be discussed at the next regular meeting of the council on Feb. 26. The borough is considering requests by homeowners to vacate the paper portion of streets known as Greenwood Avenue and Vine Street.

The Greenwood Avenue path cut-thru gives children walking to Lafayette School a way to avoid the Fairview Avenue traffic on the way to school and use the Dellwood Avenue path to the back of Lafayette and the high school.

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The paper portion at the end of Vine Street has a path that connects to Tallmadge and then access to Shepard Kollock Park without having to traverse Main Street.

Summit Avenue resident Jill Critchley Weber, also the president of the Chatham BOE, addresses the council during the public portion of the meeting Monday

Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris answered "transparency" questions by explaining the process used before taking any action (see video below). The vacation of paper streets would have to be done by ordinance, which would include a public hearing.

Borough Council member Bob Weber, the husband of Jill Critchley Weber, is advocating for the Vine Street path to Tallmadge to remain open. He also noted (in video below) that it will give residents easier and safer access to new Riverside Trail, which is now being completed. The trail is planned to run south along the Passaic River in an easement the Borough has to Summit Avenue, ending by the Passaic River bridge abutment. 



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