This is the informational presentation on the lawsuit filed against West Orange Twp re: the Downtown Redevelopment project, on 09-13-2021. Thank you former Councilman Joe Krakoviak for breaking down the details of the lawsuit, providing a detailed historical timeline leading up to it, and helping residents understand how to move forward and advocate for smart(er) development. (This is the lawsuit includes Whoopie goldberg.)
Part 1 of 2: WO Zoning Board hearing of Clarion Partners, LLC seeking variances for Essex Green Shopping Center. (April 11, 2019; Final hearing.)
Part 2 of 2: WO Zoning Board hearing of Clarion Partners, LLC seeking variances for Essex Green Shopping Center. (April 11, 2019; Final hearing.)
Part 1: Essex Green ReDevelopment 101
First of a video series about the Essex Green & Executive Drive ReDevelopment project.
Part 2: Family Ties
Second of a video series about the Essex Green & Executive Drive ReDevelopment project.
West Orange King Mayor Presents FB Post (Part 1 of 3)
Despite his recusal from involvement in the project, WO Mayor Parisi posts his praises to declare Essex Green & Exec. Drive as an "Area in Need of ReDevelopment." This is a parody of Mayor Parisi's FaceBook post, which includes the reading of his actual post in it's entirety.
OGWO just learned about this Township Council meeting video from 2016. It provides a good example of why OGWO exists: When residents see a need for change and find their voices are not being heard, we must rally as a community to help make those changes. Whether it's property taxes, trees, wheelchair ramps, or in this particular case, West Orange senior citizens.
Part 1: Zoning Board Chairman Receives Spanking
Part 2: Ethan's Architect Testifies
Part 3: WO Taxpayer-Funded Architect
Part 4: Ethan's Planner Testifies
Part 5: Public Comment
Video 6: Closing Statements; The Zoning Board Votes
Residents say No Redevelopment Tax Abatements for Essex Green Shopping Center developer! Our Taxes are too high already!
Weren't able to attend the Township Council Meeting on 1/23? Topics included the Redevelopment Plan for Essex Green Shopping Center & Executive Drive, renewing the Town Forester and the Town Planner contracts? Listen and watch as your fellow residents urge the council to put the tax payer FIRST, and the developers SECOND. To investigate the work of our ineffective Town Forester BEFORE renewing his annual contract. To acknowledge the conflicts of interest posed by our Town Attorney.
Weren't able to attend the Township Council Meeting as 4/5 of the Council approved the Redevelopment Plan for Essex Green Shopping Center & Executive Drive? Listen and watch as your fellow residents urge the council to put the tax payer FIRST, and the developers SECOND. (Note the unwavering support by 4 Council members as they side with the developers...)
Please join us on Thursday, April 11th for an informational meeting hosted by OurGreenWestOrange. The meeting will take place at Total Wine, in the Essex Green Shopping Center, from at 7pm-8pm. For more information, click the "join us" button below to send an email. Hope to see you there!
Where do our elected leaders stand on Open Space?