Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Vote Postponed on Apartment Development

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Vote Postponed on Apartment Development

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NORTH BERGEN -- The Planning Board was scheduled to review -- and possibly vote on -- a controversial housing project next to a natural gas pipeline on Tuesday night, but board members instead pushed back the discussion to Jan. 3.

The board's attorney, Steven Muhlstock, said an agreement is still being hashed out to give utility workers access to the pipeline area.

Copies of the easement agreement will be sent to the developer, Carmelo Spoleti, and to the Williams Cos., which runs the Transco pipeline, as well as to the township of North Bergen, the town of Guttenberg, and the North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority, whose sewage plant is adjacent to the pipeline, Muhlstock said.

The proposed 59-unit multifamily complex, called Appleview, would sit at the southern tip of North Bergen, between the sewage plant and the Galaxy Towers condominium complex in Guttenberg, and about 20 feet from the 36-inch natural-gas pipeline.

Critics opposed to the project fear that construction crew members might accidentally strike the underground pipe, or that erosion caused by excavation of the Palisades would disturb the pipe. …

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