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Harbortown Discussions Continued

1/24/18 Council Meeting

PERTH AMBOY – Resident Stanley Sierakowski said that he was in favor of the Senior Units that Jack Halpern, Developer of Harbortown, talked about at the 1/22/18 Caucus Meeting. “There are 8 acres of undeveloped property. There’s no firehouse or schools. There are possibly 2,200 children with no schools. Modify what exists. They (those children) will be going to the Patten and Cruz Schools. Make the County an offer to the Planning Board. There are 5,000 to 10,000 seats short in the schools projected. Halpern can write off the donated land. The children need something. We don’t need another supermarket. Go to the Board of Education. Appeal to Halpern. It would appear that  he supports the community.”

Council President Bill Petrick responded, “He (Halpern) donated $100,000 towards the firehouse. The Board of Education can talk to the State as to how much land they need for a school.”

During the Council Comments portion, Councilman Fernando Gonzalez stated, “The Harbortown Master Building Plan was approved in 1997 with amendments. They are in the last stage and have more approvals in hand. They can approve what they have or create changes to present to the Planning Board. They (the Harbortown Representatives) presented to us what they want. I will go and see their plans. This is not a done deal. They want to change the 5% Commercial/Retail which they want to decrease to 3% in order to build Senior Housing. We need a special meeting on this.”

Council President Bill Petrick said that if anyone wanted to have any comments on what Councilman Fernando Gonzalez said, please let us (the Council) know.

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