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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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NLTITAN November 26, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Come on guys - just say "YES" and STOP wasting our tax dollars!!!!! You said the last meeting was going to be the last to vote!!!
rory quinn November 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Any reasonably objective observer could see from just going to the proposed location of the new store to see that it poses a huge traffic challenge.
John Zannini November 26, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Let's get this done. Enough already. I would rather deal with any traffic issues than to continue to look at an empty lot with quickly deteriorating buildings.
John Briggs November 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I prefer the eye-sore that is the old grand union building. perhaps we can discuss this for another two years.
Kate M. November 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I agree with Linda C and John Z......let's get this done!! Please stop wasting time and money on what seems to be strongly supported by many, many residents! Please vote YES.
Gary Rabinowitz November 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Presumably this gets approved. If not tonight, then very soon. The "wasting" of our tax dollars for reviews, appeals and hearings may very well end. But what happens to Boulder Run, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) ratables payers in town, when its anchor tenant loses business and potentially goes into distress or shuts down? We shall see. On a related note, can anyone elaborate on the agenda of all the different Hekemian factions? Munico (Boulder Run landlord) is run by David & Bryan Hekemian. Hekemian & Co, run by Robert, is the Boulder Run property manager (and presumably, owner). Larry Inserra is on the same board of directors as Robert (for Pascack Bank). Robert is also on the same board of directors as David McBride (who partially owns the High Mountain Golf Course property). See this - http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/companyOfficers?symbol=FREVS.OB&WTmodLOC=C4-Officers-5 I would guess that Munico/Hekemian companies would be annoyed by their friend Larry Inserra's play to undermine their anchor tenant. So why would Robert Hekemian serve on the same Board of Directors as Inserra then? What's going on behind the scenes? If I were keeping score, I'd score this Inserra 100, Wyckoff ZB 0. This after commercial real estate interests absolutely took our hapless ZB to the woodshed on Boulder Run. Given the McBride connection to Hekemian, I guess we can expect Wyckoff (and FL) to similarly lose on HIgh Mountain. And CHC/Vista?
NLTITAN November 26, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Guys - there was no traffic problems when A&P was there!!! John - not clear on your comment! Stop & Shop doesn't want the competition - especially when they have more variety of products and they are CHEAPER!!!! What is the problem Wyckoff people? Is it that hard to figure out - hum - cheaper and more choices??? Dumb excuses with traffic - as I sad we had a Grand Union and A&P plus the other stores which are already demolished (Leslie Pools, Pizza Place, Motor Vehicle, etc.). You are only looking at one store! Oh - forgot - Walgreen's was also next to A&P! If this keeps going on - I'm going to ask for a tax deduction - yeah right!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gary Rabinowitz November 26, 2012 at 07:08 PM
MOVING ON..... Question for Patch readers: what should eventually replace the space soon to be formerly occupied by Stop and Shop? Please vote!: A. Walmart B. Home Depot C. Target D. Family Dollar Stores
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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