Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Teaneck Housing for Seniors May Soon Move Forward

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Teaneck Housing for Seniors May Soon Move Forward

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TEANECK -- A long-stalled project to build 65 housing units for low-income seniors may finally move forward after the Zoning Board of Adjustment voted Thursday to approve a developer's plan to put a roadway through another person's property as a second access to the development.

But there is still a remaining wrinkle: the approval is contingent upon a number of factors, including a written contract with the owner of the Queen Anne Road property giving the piece of land to the developer, Geriatric Services Inc., to use in perpetuity as a roadway.

The property that will be conveyed to Geriatric Services is located in Bogota and is part of what was known as Martin Street. Bogota vacated the street years ago and divided the 50-foot road equally between two property owners, both of whom had refused earlier to sell or lease the former roadway to Geriatric Services.

Geriatric Services Inc. will receive a 25-foot portion, enough space to for two-way traffic and a sidewalk, representatives testified on Thursday.

The senior development will be located at 90 Bergen Ave.

"We are just happy that the project went through," Lawrence Tinghino, the attorney for Geriatric Services Inc., said after the hearing, which included testimony from the organization's executive director, architect and planner, and pointed questions from residents who opposed the project.

Safety issues

The board first approved the project in August 2010, with the condition that the owner provide a secondary access for emergency vehicles to allay concerns raised by the fire and police departments.

Geriatric Services sued in state Supreme Court in Hackensack, alleging that the condition was unreasonable and capricious and that a secondary roadway was unnecessary and contrary to testimony by its traffic experts.

Superior Court Judge Joseph Conte ruled in March that the condition was based on safety concerns and was not unreasonable.

Board President Anne Senter said that if Bogota does not approve the transfer of the property then the project will be over. …

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