ELIZABETH, NJ – In their final meeting of the year, the Union County Freeholders on Thursday pulled a plan to fund a big piece of the controversial Mind and Body Complex in Roselle. Passage of the ordinance would have guaranteed the Roselle Board of Education’s portion of the bonding for the project.

The proposed ordinance would have authorized the guaranty of the payment of the principal of and interest” on up to $24 million.

The Freeholders' decision came on the heels of a court ruling last week in favor of continuing a lawsuit opposing the project. The lawsuit was filed by Roselle resident Anthony Esposito, Roselle, the Roselle school board, the county, and others. 

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“What we have been asking for, imploring this board to do, was to look at the situation and realize Roselle needs to go back to the drawing board,” Roselle resident Brandon Bernier said at the meeting, adding that the litigation provides time for further analysis of the project.

“Pulling this ordinance back gives us time to do that,” he added. “Roselle really needs to work on itself a little bit right now, to go back and figure things out at home. Once we clarify what our community needs exactly and what we can afford to build, then I think we will be in a much better place to possibly come back if we need the county’s help at that point.”

Freeholder Chris Hudak said the project “is not going to happen,” adding he was not happy about that.

“As a neighbor, a neighboring town, that's something I’m very disappointed about, because I was really hoping to see Roselle get that done,” Hudak said. “But you know what? That project needs to go back to the drawing board. You are absolutely right, there are a lot of questions about the project." 

The $59 million project would include a new school, a community center, a library, and more. To read more about this project, see these stories. 

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