Editor's Note: The previous address, where 2 additional affordable family housing units are being discussed, were inaccurate.
GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Borough announced it settled its Affordable Housing case yesterday, Sept. 20, and it plans to discuss the settlement at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 25.
Several residents were irate at the last council meeting on Sept. 9 after learning an 11-unit building, 261 Rock Road, and two additional units of affordable housing on Kenmore Place, were in the works.
Many of those who spoke were upset they learned about the matter through a letter hand delivered to their mailboxes, while others said they worried about the value of homes they had recently purchased and were upgrading.
Some residents called the matter "rushed" and said 11 units at 261 Rock Road would have to be "crammed" in the space.
In previous discussions over at least the last two years, Mayor Bruce Packer said the matter had been discussed for a long time period and not rushed at all. He said because the matter involved litigation, that he nor the Council could discuss the specifics of the matter prior to the settlement.
Councilman Mike O'Hagan, who chaired the Sept. 9 council meeting, said he apologized "if we don't come across as sympathetic." He explained the issue had been discussed and the council had not come to a decision hastily. "We will have people here answering questions."
"Please, please, please understand we take this extremely seriously," Councilwoman Amy Martin said at that same meeting. "This is a situation every town is going through."
The borough put out an extensive facts and questions sheet posted on its website:
Affordable Housing FAQs
The Council's next meeting is 6:30 p.m., work session, and 8 p.m., public meeting, at 1 Harding Plaza.