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Owner of Westfield ‘Watcher’ House Seeks to Tear it Down, Build Two New Homes, Neighbor Says

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Westfield’s  infamous “Watcher” house could be torn down and replaced with two new homes, a neighbor says. Credits: John Mooney
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WESTFIELD, NJ — The owners of the Westfield’s infamous “Watcher” house, 657 Boulevard, have field a zoning application with the Westfield Planning Board to have the Dutch colonial torn down and replaced with two new homes, according to a Westfield resident who said she and other neighbors were advised of the plans in an official letter Saturday.

Neighbors were told that a public hearing on the matter would take place Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, she said.

The owners of the house, who bought it for $1.3 million in 2014, have claimed that disturbing letters signed “The Watcher” are preventing them from being able to sell six-bedroom home, which they never moved into. They are suing on the grounds that the former owners did not disclose to them the creepy letters prior to closing. 

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The house was placed back on the market in March for $1.25 million.

A motion to dismiss the entirety of the lawsuit was rejected on in August by a Superior Court judge.

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