Allendale April 15, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 3 Developer drops lawsuit over John Fell House by John Koster The Fort Lee-based development consortium known as 475 LLD has dropped its suit that sought to overturn the Allendale Planning Board’s rejection of a bid to raze the John Fell House and replace it with condominiums. “They withdrew their appeal in its entirety,” Mayor Vince Barra said of the suit, which had been filed in Bergen County Superior Court. The planning board rejected the developer’s application in November, acting on the advice of Board Attorney Timothy Dunn III. Dunn’s advice came in response to an argument by attorney George Cotz, who was retained by residents who wanted to save the Fell House. Cotz asserted that the Fell House, located on Frank- lin Turnpike, is part of an existing development that already includes a number of townhouses, based on a 1983 zoning agreement. He said that allowing the demolition of the 1750s-era mansion and its outbuildings and replacing them with more condominiums would violate the agreement under which the 1983 tract was zoned for townhouses. John Fell, a member of the Continental Congress, helped ratify the U.S. Constitution. He was well known in Colonial and Revolutionary War times for his integrity and his lack of flamboyance. Residents packed several meetings to urge the Allendale Borough Council and the Allendale Planning Board to save the house and to eventually preserve it as a local heritage park. Tentative plans to purchase the house have been mentioned by the borough council, but have not been formalized. Lake may open to Midland Park The Allendale Borough Council will be holding discussions and accepting public comments on whether to open membership in Crestwood Lake to residents of Midland Park on a regular basis. The meeting will take place April 23 as part of the regular public meeting of the Allendale Council. “We need additional revenue without a doubt, and we’re not wide open, we’re looking at people we know,” Councilwoman Elizabeth White said of the prospect of opening the lake and picnic grove to Midland Park residents. Midland Park already shares a construction code official, John Wittekind, with Allendale on a regular basis, and a number of Midland Park families have used Crestwood as guests of Allendale families. The recent fiscal crunch convinced Ridgewood to open up enrollment to Graydon Pool, another lake-like swimming area. Allendale may eventually follow suit if there are no concerted objections. J. KOSTER BEST PRICES...BEST SELECTION OF 2009 WEBER GRILLS Enjoy The Spring And Many More With A New WEBER Grill In Your Backyard WEBER continues to lead the way with impressive new look, thoughtful features, larger cooking area, legendary cooking system and the construction that made WEBER famous! �� � � � � ���� ��� But STILL can’t lose that Tummy or Cellulite? Call me about VelaShapeTM A NEW Nonsurgical method of Fat reduction and body contouring • Non-invasive • No Anesthesia • No Downtime Beverly Dunn, MD Waldwick, NJ • 201-445-0032 Dieting? Working Out? We carry a complete line of WEBER Grills. Come see them all. • Best Prices • Friendly, Helpful, Knowledgeable Staff ���� ���� • Full Line Of Accessories & ������������ Replacement Parts �������� ��������������������� • On Premises Propane Fill Station, Year-Round • We Are The Area’s WEBER Stop by any Warranty Servicing Dealer Saturday WHY BUY YOUR WEBER GRILL AT HOME HARDWARE? ������� ����� ������� Propane Filled 7 Days A Week 27 Franklin Turnpike • Waldwick 201-652-5666 MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED thru June 11am-3pm & enjoy a tasty treat cooked on a WEBER FREE Propane Fill-Up with purchase of assembled grill of $399 or more (Tank sold separately) With coupon only. VT FREE Mon-Wed 7:30-6, Thurs & Fri 7:30-8, Sat 8-5, Sun 9-3 With coupon only. Assembly with WEBER Grill Purchase VT FREE (With Grill Purchase) With coupon only. VT Standard Delivery of Any Grill of $599 or More 3-25-09 Ester/Janine HomeHardWeberSpring4x9