To the editor:
The proposed development of Main Street in Flemington would create dramatic changes to our area. There is strong opposition to this development as it clearly will change the landscape of Main Street. It would destroy treasured buildings: the Union Hotel and three others. The development would increase traffic with one of the buildings having occupancy for a 900 parking space garage and eight-story mixed use building.
Unfortunately, the borough mayor and most of council are only entertaining one developer who has sights on destruction, rather than thoughtful development for the community. Please note that the developer does not currently own the Union Hotel.
This development could bring the possibility of an increase in taxes for borough and surrounding Raritan Township and county residents. Should the Payment In Lieu of Taxes program be granted to the developer, we could all potentially pay more taxes. So how do you feel about your taxes being increased? Please voice your opinion to council members of the borough and township and county officials if you are concerned with the possibility of increased property taxes.
Flemington is also on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list as one of the 11 most endangered sites in the U.S. This is very discouraging on many levels. We have a unique looking town with many different styles of architecture. The town has a huge amount of potential if the development is thoughtful and works with the current surroundings. Our treasures are endangered of becoming demolished while our town loses its charm and history.
"Friends of Historic Flemington" has been a prominent voice in hoping the borough considers thoughtfully, rather than total destruction and disruption of the town. They see the area as a community and hope that the history and beautiful architectural buildings are not destroyed, but restored. Please see their Facebook page where you can join and see how you can become involved.
Voice your concerns. What you see today could be gone tomorrow and you may be paying for years to come.
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