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Public Input May Alter Hunterdon's Parks and Open Space Plan

October 16, 2018

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – A public hearing on the county’s draft parks and open space plan is set for Thursday, but it’s not clear that anyone in the county has actually read the 400-page report.

The plan cost Hunterdon taxpayers more than $130,000. Freeholder Director Matt Holt has said that it “will guide the county’s land preservation and improvements over the next ...

Union Hotel Hearings Continue Under Cloud of Lawsuits

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The Planning Board’s public hearings into the Union Hotel redevelopment plan continue, with the next session scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the old Historic Courthouse on Main Street.

The plan by Jack Cust’s Flemington Center Urban Renewal, LLC includes a 100-room hotel; 222 rental apartments that include 14 “affordable” units; 29,600 square ...

Drama and Surprise as Flemington Council Approves Union Hotel Financial Plan

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – There were cheers. And jeers. But at last night’s meeting of Borough Council, the outcome of the vote to approve a financial agreement with the redeveloper of the Union Hotel and surrounding properties was not a surprise.

Council voted along its well-established ideological lines, with Councilpersons John Gorman, Marc Hain and Brooke Warden voting in favor, and ...

Flemington's Union Hotel Redevelopment Plan 'Invalid,' New Suit Claims

FLEMINGTON, N.J. -  A new lawsuit filed this week targets Jack Cust’s plan to redevelop the Union Hotel and surrounding properties, and seeks to have it and the Borough’s ordinance that adopted it declared invalid.

At the same time, the plan is under review by the Planning Board and a public hearing on the plan is expected to resume at 7 p.m. Oct. 11.

The suit, filed by ...

'Inappropriate' Comments Prompt Threat of Police Action Against Township Committeeman

RARITAN TWP., N.J. – Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting was notable for a few reasons, not the least of which was the appointment of a new police chief.

It was also notable because Township Committeeman Craig O’Brien was gaveled to silence and threatened with police action for remarks he made from the dais.

Introduced by O’Brien as “one note from a ...

Flemington Planning Board Review of Union Hotel Begins

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The borough’s Planning Board began its formal review of the plan to redevelop the Union Hotel and surrounding properties last evening.

The plan by Jack Cust’s Flemington Urban Renewal, LLC includes a 100-room hotel; 222 rental apartments that include 14 “affordable” units; 29,600 square feet of commercial, retail and restaurant space; 30,000 ...

Fuzzy Maps, Errors, Part of $132K Hunterdon Parks Plan

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Changes are coming to the county’s park system, and Hunterdon officials say they are seeking public input on a new draft county parks and open space plan.

But the 400-plus page plan – posted to the county website – contains factual error, fuzzy maps, incomplete sentences, incorrect references and Internet links that go to nowhere or can’t be ...

Union Hotel Redevelopment Plan Inches Forward Amidst Concerns

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – It wasn’t a Borough Council meeting last night.

But three members of the Council – Betsy Driver, Michael Harris and Susan Peterson – decided to schedule a meeting anyway. It followed Mayor Phil Greiner casting the deciding vote to cancel the regular Council meeting that would have been held yesterday.

Before casting that vote, Greiner acknowledged ...

'Listening Session' to Replace Flemington Council's Canceled Meeting

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Wednesday’s special meeting of Borough Council was unusual for several reasons.

It was an unscheduled meeting, which is not common in  the borough, although it did meet the state-required 48-hour advance notice for such a meeting.

The “sole purpose” of the meeting was to cancel the regular Council meeting planned for Monday, Mayor Phil Greiner ...

PennEast Pipeline is Issue for Malinowski

DELAWARE TWP., N.J. - Tom Malinowski, the Democrat who hopes in November to defeat Rep. Leonard Lance to represent  New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, met with Hunterdon property owners affected by the construction of the PennEast pipeline this week.

He also toured sites that he said are at risk of “grave ecological damage should plans for the pipeline ...

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