WEST ORANGE, NJ - Back in June, 2012, Mayor Robert Parisi met with St. Cloud residents regarding the property donated to the township by The Life Christian Church on Ridgeway Avenue. The property was donated in exchange for property at 747 Northfield Avenue, in front of the Vizcaya development, where TLCC is currently building a new church. The opening is planned for sometime in May, 2013.
At that time, Landscape Architect, Daniel Dowd, who was assigned to the project had discussed " "passive recreation" use for the undeveloped property (sans the main and carriage houses). There would be walkways, plants, foliage, no parking, and modified repair of the wall facing the Ridgeway Avenue side of the property, with estimated costs at $80,000. The property adjoins the Augustinian Recollects order, who were original owners of the Ridgeway property
During Mayor Parisi's State of the Township Address on Wednesday, January 23, he spoke of the planned 2013 project of "creating a passive walking path park on the Ridgeway Avenue Property deeded to the Township several years ago."
The WoTap contacted Mayor Parisi for some clarification on his comments. We asked him how the process was going to work. He said "The bid specifications will be completed shortly and put out to bid. Once received, a contract will be awarded for lowest bidder for completion. The specifications are based on a few meetings held with residents from the neighborhood"
As to any decisions regarding the buildings on the property, Parisi said "A committee of neighbors has been working on several ideas and exploring viability; a larger meeting with the neighborhood will be held soon to review options".
Work on the property is slated to begin before summer.