SHORT HILLS, NJ – Last Monday at a regularly scheduled Millburn Board of Education meeting, Dr. Christine Burton announced that Millburn Township schools are anticipating 100-125 students entering the school system in 2020.

According to Nancy Dries, Milburn Schools Communications Coordinator, the estimate was initially provided by Mack-Cali to Millburn Township administrators and later relayed to school administrators during as quarterly meeting in late October 2019. No information about the age or the grade level of incoming students are known at this time.

The Mack -Cali development, currently under construction adjacent to The Mall at Short Hills, is comprised of 200 luxury residential units, a 246-room hotel and 250,000 square feet of Class A office space. 30 units will be allocated for affordable housing. Applications to lease apartments will begin in July 2020.

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The project drew wide criticism from Millburn Township residents during planning board and township committee hearings in 2016.

Residents are now voicing concerns over another property development on Woodland Road, near the Short Hills train station. The proposed development consists of 62 luxury units, including 12 for affordable housing, as well as 10,000 square feet of medical office space, and parking.

Although the Millburn Township Committee approved a settlement agreement to avoid litigation at a Sept. 17 meeting, a group of residents continue to fight the decision.

The Concerned Residents of Millburn and Short Hills, a nonprofit group, have filed a lawsuit against the Township of Millburn and the developers on Oct. 31, 2019. According to the plaintiff, the complaint seeks declaring the adoption of Ordinance 2542-19 [settlement agreement] to be “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable”, seeks to nullify the agreement and to recoup associated legal fees.

According to an email obtained by TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, a meeting with the group’s attorney and residents who wish to voice concerns will be held on Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m.