VERONA, NJ - Grove Avenue residents expressed surprise over a recently proposed plan to construct a 4-story residential building at 21 and 25 Grove Avenue. The building would consist of 40 residential dwelling units and 52 parking spaces.

Verona’s Board of Adjustment met on January 9 to hear from both the developer and concerned citizens. Residents of Grove Street questioned the style of the new building and how it would fit into the street as well as the additional traffic. The Board of Adjustment adjourned until the March 12 meeting to give both parties more time to conduct traffic studies and answer engineering comments made on the application.

Resident Liam Holland, who drives down Grove every day during his commute, believes this project would make a tricky intersection even worse. “That intersection is already very busy and awkward, so adding a large housing complex (with insufficient parking) on such a busy street and near a busy intersection is going to have an impact felt throughout the town. Traffic and parking will become worse than it already is...Verona is already being overdeveloped and it is damaging the town in various ways.”

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It is a common refrain in Verona nowadays: concerns are also mounting over larger projects proposed, such as a 200-300 unit development on Sunset and 150 unit plan for Pine Street. 

Residents who would like to find out more can attend the next Board of Adjustment meeting on March 12, 8pm, at the Verona Community Center.

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