Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • November 11, 2009 Mahwah Two sites considered for rezoning by Frank J. McMahon The Mahwah Council is considering requests to rezone two sites in the township. One site is on King Street west of Franklin Turnpike where homes and industrial businesses are located. The other property, which is currently occupied by the Liberty Corporate Travel Company, is the first lot located in Mahwah on the west side of Franklin Turnpike at the border with the Borough of Ramsey. According to a report by Mahwah Township Planner Joseph Burgis, the properties on King Street in the area in question are developed with residential structures and industrial uses. Part of the area is in the B-10 neighborhood business zone, which permits a variety of retail and service commercial uses, restaurants, offices, public, and quasi-public uses. Another part of the area is in the GI-80 general industry zone, which permits a variety of industrial uses including research laboratories, manufacturing, warehouses, distribution terminals, lumber and building supply sales, and wholesale businesses. The township’s 1980 master plan recommends the site for general industry use, but Burgis points out in his report that the planning board is currently in the process of preparing a new comprehensive master plan that will include a detailed assessment of the Franklin Turnpike corridor including this King Street area. He explained that, as part of this broader analysis, consideration is being given to both the imposition of a B-10 zone on some of the properties on King Street, and the establishment of a new zone that reflects the varied commercial/industrial character of the street. The council wants to change the zone of the lots on the north side of King Street, west of Franklin Turnpike, from the GI-80 to the B-10 zone. Burgis explains in his report that the state’s municipal land use law permits a governing body to amend a zoning ordinance which is inconsistent with the municipality’s master plan by an affirmative vote of the full governing body with the reasons for so acting set forth in a resolution. Mahwah Business Administrator Brian Campion was asked to contact all the owners of those properties to make them aware of the council’s intention to change the zone of their properties. Burgis also prepared an analysis of a rezoning request for the 7.8-acre site on the west side of Franklin Turnpike to change it from a GI-80 industrial zone to a B-12 general business zone to enable the owner of the property, KMG/ H&O Mahwah LLC of Woodbridge, to redevelop the property for retail use. The Franklin Turnpike area near the Ramsey border is currently zoned on both sides for general industry. Farther north, it is zoned for residential on the east side and for business on both sides from Miller Road to the border of Suffern, New York. John Saraceno, a principal of KMG/H&O Mahwah LLC, recently showed the council a concept plan he developed which would involve the demolition of the existing building on the site and the construction of a 60,000 square foot retail building with a wing of smaller retail stores along the back and side of the site and a parking area in the middle of the site as it is now. The ingress and egress would remain the same due to the lower elevation of the site and the ramp that leads from Franklin Turnpike. Saraceno said the single story industrial building, such as the existing building, is a thing of the past and no longer fits with the modern day use of a building. He said he does not have any particular retailer in mind at this time, but many retailers have approached him about the site and are interested in a Mahwah site that is not on Route 17 because they claim many people do not want to shop on Route 17 due to the difficulty of accessing the stores there. Council President John DaPuzzo said the amount of parking available at the site would control the size of the (continued on page 27) Study of climate change Young World Day School’s fourth and fifth grade science teacher, Chris Ross (pictured), was selected from an applicant pool of 800 educators to participate in an Earthwatch Institute research expedition. Ross, a Mahwah resident, spent 11 days this summer at the Sagehen Creek Research Station near Lake Tahoe, California. The group included five other educators studying climate change and caterpillars. 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