Cranford Board of Education Approves Resolution Against Redevelopment of 750 Walnut Avenue

The Cranford Board of Education read their resolution before it was approved at last week's Cranford Township Committee meeting. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Board of Education approved a resolution expressing “extreme concern” about the proposed development of 750 Walnut Avenue on Monday, July 24.

Hartz Mountain Industries has applied to build 905 apartment units on the property.

Members of the Cranford Board of Education read their resolution before it was approved at last week’s Cranford Township Committee meeting, where the committee heard a presentation from representatives of Hartz Mountain Industries.

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“The devil is in the details,” BOE President Kurt Petschow said at the meeting. “The details that nobody can speak to is that they’re putting a price tag on the individual student. We don’t know what needs each individual student has. We don’t know the price tag of each individual student and their needs. It could be vocational, it could be special education. Those are the details that we don’t know that really have to be considered when moving forward with a project of this size. The numbers are not a viable number for us to handle.”

The BOE wrote in the resolution that they believe the proposed apartments would “adversely impact the school district and create a hardship in which the district is not equipped to support.”

A copy of the resolution was forwarded to the Cranford Zoning and Planning Board, the Cranford Township Committee and the Union County Planning Board.

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