View Video of CIP Attorney Anne Babineau's Speech and Bernards Township Attorney John Belardo's Response.
At the March 13th Township Committee Meeting, Community Investment Partners’ (CIP) attorney Ann Babineau shared CIPs’ intention to continue to pursue overdevelopment of the quarry and has filed lawsuits against Bernards Township. It appears they will use litigation and the threat of affordable housing units to convince the courts to side with them and force our town to permit overdevelopment.
They claim to be seeking "input and guidance and will be at our service in terms of the continuing the planning process." In reality they are attempting to scare the township committee to reinstating the area of redevelopment which is a known tactic that developers are using all over NJ to overdevelop under the guise of Affordable Housing.
Really? Who met and planned with these people in the past? Why did you lead us all down this road? Look at what it has cost us all. Do we really want to open that door again with this same group? Do we trust their motives or intentions?
On January 24th, our Township Committee did the right thing and we believed the door was closed.” We now have single dwelling-2 acre zoning in place and it needs to stay that way.
Email our Township Committee and tell them that they need to hold fast to the current zoning. They should not entertain any redevelopment of the quarry until we are assured that it is clean and that any proposed plan is put forth to the community in full, in an open and transparent fashion.
I was shocked and dismayed to see that CIP has filed suit against Bernards Township. I do not believe they have the best interests of our community in mind as they seek to make millions on redeveloping the Millington Quarry site. They clearly were not listening to our citizens when we spoke out during the past 6 months. Why trust them now?
Please do not change the zoning from 2 acre zoning. Stay true to your word to our community. Don't be bullied.
Thank you to Mr. Belardo for his eloquent statement calling their lawsuit frivolous.
After you peruse Quarry City 2018's recent press coverage be sure to visit the Letters to The Editor 2 tab for some real doozies.
Community Investment Partners Resurrection 3/14/18 (pdf)Download
Lawsuit Filed Against Basking Ridge Over Quarry Decision 3/15/18 (pdf)Download
Quarry War 3/19/18 (pdf)Download
Quarry Plan Developer Seeks Reconsideration of Proposal 3/17/18 (pdf)Download
Battle Over Future of Bernards Quarry Not Over 3/20/18 (pdf)Download
Proposed overdevelopment on 42 Acres would contain:
Why you should be concerned:
Where are the Environmental Impact Studies? Including:
Sorge, a licensed site remediation professional (LSRP), has been licensed by the DEP. He works for MQI to monitor the site and his findings are accepted by the town.
Wolf in sheep's clothing.
If Community Investment Partners (CIP)- (the developer) were true to their lawyers statement "We would very much like to get the input and guidance on how to most be at your service to be a part of the planning process," Babineau (CIP's attorney) said. "Certainly we can conduct a public discussion as you have strongly urged us to in a very transparent way and look forward to getting insight into what is the best way of perceiving as regards to the planning process."
Why would they be filing lawsuits against Bernards Township to overturn the revocation of the Redevelopment Zone? If they were truly interested in public input they would pursue their project through non-litigious options.
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Warren Craft Meeting Room 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
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