ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Roselle Park Land Use Board discussed ways to attract more eateries and specialty shops to the business district at their meeting on May 14.  

During discussion of new ordinances, Councilman Joseph DeIorio proposed an idea to open more eateries and specialty shops as opposed to personal business fronts, such as beauty salons and barbershops.

He said there is an immense amount of personal business fronts instead of eateries in the town as a whole within 50 feet of each other.

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“What has happened to Roselle Park is these types of personal businesses are easy to fill due to the fact that landlords will fill those properties to who will fill it first. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s capitalism.” DeIorio said. 

But he wants this to change.

The board members listened to the proposal made by DeIorio, but are only open to recommendations. The final decisions are made by the borough council.

Board members questioned the way the landlords would feel about this possible change for Roselle Park.

“Legally I don’t want us to go down a slippery slope,” said Board Member, Jerry Vitale.

DeIorio reiterated how they have made efforts to make zoning to encourage different types of development, such as residential developments. He also handed out a map to the board members, depicting the possible zoning plans.

The board members emphasized how they are aware of where DeIorio is coming from, affirming how they don’t want to discourage businesses from coming in, but to provide a means of business to come in.

To continue on with this proposal, DeIorio mentioned how the council is looking for an economic coordinator to be set in place, and that applications are due by the end of the month and they hope to have someone in by July 1.

The motion was left at leaving the proposal to be discussed with the council and to be further revised.

Note: Margaux Morio is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.

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