To the editor,
As the developer of Courthouse Square, I feel it’s important to update the public as to the status of our project in Flemington.
We have obtained approvals for our original development consisting of 222 apartments, approximately 25,000 square feet of retail, 45,000 square feet of medical/education and a100-room Hotel. We can commence construction at our own risk subject to the Borough settling litigation with a small group opposing the project. Rather than continue down a divisive path we made it clear to everyone that we were willing to modify our plans to settle these lawsuits.
Our settlement offer/proposal addressed the concerns of the objectors and provided for the following:
1) A substantial reduction in height by removing two stories and dropping the height from 90 feet to within several feet of the top of the Union Hotel.
2) We agreed to save the only remaining historic building known as the “Potting Shed.” This was in addition to our approved plan where we have already agreed to save the Union Hotel and the Hunterdon County Bank buildings. This would now preserve the three critical historic buildings.
3) Also included was a proposal to the Borough to collaborate on a solution to relocate the Police Building to minimize disruption in service in a cost-efficient manner.
Unfortunately, the plaintiffs known as “The Friends of Historic Flemington” were not willing to settle and there remains an impasse. I scratch my head over their position since saving the three historical buildings and reducing the height were their primary concern - all of which has been addressed. The Friends’ Board of Trustees - Lois Stewart, Gary Schotland and Chris Pickell - either don’t understand that they achieved their objective, or they have another agenda.
The Friends have rebuffed various Borough Council members attempts to discuss a settlement and I encourage both sides to reengage discussions to resolve these issues.
We own or control all of the properties including the liquor license and remain totally committed to Courthouse Square. We look forward to the resolution of this unnecessary ongoing litigation and the opportunity to initiate the revitalization of downtown Flemington.