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Fate of Proposed ShopRite May Be Decided Monday

The applicant, Inserra Supermarkets, wants to build a 62,000 square-foot ShopRite in a now-abandoned lot at Greenwood and Wyckoff avenues

After more than 2 years, the ShopRite application now before the Wyckoff Planning Board appears to be approaching its conclusion.

The fate of a proposed 62,000 square-foot supermarket could be decided at a special meeting scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. if Chairman Richard Bonsignore puts the application up for a vote as is expected.

The public has twice been given the opportunity to speak up regarding the project, and has been generally favorable to the application. A common concern amongst commentors, however, has been over a potential increase in traffic in the township should the supermarket get built. 

The Inserra application is opposed by two law teams: Price, Meese, Shulman & D'Arminio representing Stop & Shop and Robert J. Inglima, Jr., who represents Munico Associates and Wyckoff Residential — effectively the interests of Hekemian and Boulder Run.

The firms arguing in support of the application are Wells, Jaworski & Liebman, and Beattie Padovano — who represent, respectively, the applicant and the owner of the now-vacant property at Greenwood and Wyckoff avenues.

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Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III November 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I vote that the soon to be empty S&S space be converted into a tax exempt pentacostal church, preferably with services in Spanish. There are none anywhere near Wyckoff! Fulfills a need. Perfect size too - with plenty of parking on Sundays. Win win.
MeerAveResident November 27, 2012 at 01:35 AM
An excellent traffic solution would be to order the Inserra project to acquire the (vacant) bank building and build an intersection in line with the YMCA exit road. There could be a traffic light there, and then everyone opposed (.. Why? Are traffic lights a godless Communist tool?) to a light at Wyckoff and Greenwood would feel like they won.
Safety 1st November 27, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Many towns have more than 1 Supermarket, I'm sure of it. As Linda C pointed out, there were no problems years ago when the deserted building was a food store. And Medi Mart, followed by Walgreens I believe, next door. Get over this peeps. Let's just do it.
Safety 1st November 27, 2012 at 07:20 AM
If the Shop Rite falls through, perhaps a small movie theatre or bowling alley. That sounds like more fun for the Tweens and teens than hanging out in Starbucks and McDonalds. And I know many parents and families would enjoy that as well. A possible option should Shop Rite fall through. ~
LC February 12, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Home Goods... That would thrive in a town like Wyckoff!

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