Monday, February 4, 2013
The hearing will take place at 10a.m. at the Union County courthouse.
There is a court hearing scheduled for today on site plan recommendations for the Birchwood Avenue property, today Feb. 4, at 10a.m. at the Union County courthouse. As previously reported on Patch, a final judgement on the matter will likely happen in March, according to township attorney Daniel J. McCarthy. The group Concerned Citizens of Cranford reports on their website that "new documents have been filed in the builder’s remedy this month" and that the Fair Share Housing Center has filed a motion in the case.
Monday, December 31, 2012
The public will have a final chance to submit comments today to the judge handling the matter.
In a hearing earlier this month concerning the Birchwood Avenue development, the township was granted a new deadline for filing objections to recommendations made on the site plan by a court-appointed special hearing officer. Some of the recommendations include elevating the roadway and replacing trees, which has raised flooding concerns for the area. That deadline is today, Dec. 31. Comments can be sent directly to the judge handling this case: Honorable Lisa F. Chrystal, J.S.C Union County Courthouse 2 Broad St. Tower Building -11th Floor Elizabeth, NJ 07207 (To see court documents and information on this case, go to the Concerned Citizens of Cranford website.) As reported previously in Patch, on Dec. 17 Chrystal scheduled a hearing on …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Attorney for the township argued that the court's special master was biased because of her past affordable housing advocacy work.
At yesterday's Union County Superior Court hearing in the Birchwood development case, Judge Lisa Chrystal denied the township's motion for a new trial. The judge also scheduled a hearing on the final site plan approval for the 360-unit affordable housing project for early next year. On Monday, Township Attorney Phil Morin argued that comments made by Special Court Master Elizabeth McKenzie in support of affordable housing cast doubt on her impartiality in the case, and thus warranted a reappointment and new trial. The comments were contained in emails. Still, the other side argued that McKenzie's past affordable housing work did not have an affect on her recommendations to the township. "This is not the sort of bias that one would expect…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Special Hearing Officer Douglas K. Wolfson has made his recommendations regarding the Birchwood Avenue development plan.
Three months after a site plan hearing for the proposed Birchwood development plan, a special officer assigned to the case has made his recommendations to the judge presiding over the matter. Special Hearing Officer Douglas Wolfson has recommended that a stretch of Birchwood Avenue be elevated one foot above the designated flood hazard area. The recommendation must still be accepted by Judge Lisa F. Chrystal, who will then officially order Cranford Development Associates — an LLC for the S. Hekemian group which owns the property — to move forward with the elevation of the Birchwood Avenue property. “The Hearing Officer therefore unreservedly recommends to the Court that it authorize the elevation of Birchwood Avenue to be performed by CDA…