WO ZB Votes 5-2 to Approve Inadequate Essex Green Shopping Ctr Plans

West Orange, NJ 07052

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WO Library Blighted?

Bird's Eye view of the West Orange Public Library.

Here we go again! The township of West Orange had a study completed as a part of the twp's initial steps to designate the WO Public Library as an Area in Need of Redevelopment. (AINR) Similar to the Downtown Main Street Project, and the Essex Green Shopping Project, this designation could mean BIG $$$ for potential developers, as well as a significant loss of tax revenue to help keep West Orange affordable. On March 6th, 2019, the Planning Board agreed that the library is blighted. The following week, the Town Council majority agreed. 

What is NOT blighted in West Orange?

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Essex Green Shopping Ctr

Lauren Holden of Clarion presents plans for Essex Green Shopping Center.

On Thursday, April 11th West Orange residents lost in their efforts to require Clarion Partners, LLC to provide a sustainable, green, safe and smart-developed Essex Green Shopping Center. 

See Part 1 of the ZB meeting will be available soon.

See Part 2 of the ZB meeting will be available soon.

Rock Spring Country Club

Bird's eye view of Rock Spring Country Club

West Orange residents are the new owners of Rock Spring Country Club, located at 90 Rock Spring Rd. 138-acres for  $12 million. Help fellow residents keep their eye on how well the Mayor follows through with his "gentleman's agreement" that the property will not be developed more than the 15-acres he has stated. This means attending Planning Board meetings, Open Space meetings, Environmental Commission meetings, Town Council meetings, and Zoning Board meetings. (It also means rounding up neighbors to assure everyone is keeping a close eye on those "guarantees"!)

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West Orange H.S. Safety

Student dropped off along Pleasant Valley Way, where teacher was recently struck by a car.

Whether it's air quality or traffic safety, OGWO continues to advocate for increased safety for our school staff, residents, and students.

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Make your tax-exempt donation to support High School Safety HERE. Please indicate "WOHS Drive for Safety." 100% of your donation will go to fund Principal Moore's walk-talkie, safety vest, and traffic horse needs. Remaining funds will used by Mr. Moore at his discretion regarding safety enhancements.

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Partners in Advocacy


So many organizations in WO that OGWO supports & partners with. Join us! Join them!  Be part of the solution!

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What's With WO Taxes?


What's up with WO Taxes & the Mayor's proposed 2018 Budget? How will it effect you?

Taxes & Budget

Essex Green


All is quiet at Essex Green and Executive Drive? Not quite so!

Essex Green

Badabing: Family Ties


Curious about the WO power structure? How do the dots connect in West Orange?

family ties



Know that West Orange has a Tree Ordinance? No? You're not alone. Let's work together.




How much did the "Welcome to Pleasantdale" sign cost taxpayers?  Over $18,000. No bids. Map coming soon!

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