Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Soil and Traffic Information Sought from Developer of Dumont Farm Site

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Soil and Traffic Information Sought from Developer of Dumont Farm Site

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DUMONT - The borough's Joint Land Use Board appears to be pushing back against the would-be developer of apartments at the former D'Angelo Farms, demanding it provide more details about soil remediation and the project's traffic impact on nearby intersections.

Board chairman William Bochicchio said at a meeting this week that he wants the developer, Landmark Dumont I Urban Renewal Corp., to turn over its soil remediation report to the board's engineer. This followed testimony last month from civil engineer Jeffrey Martell, who said thousands of cubic yards of pesticide-tainted dirt would have to be skimmed off of the farm's surface and hauled away.

Bochicchio argues the board should be able to see specifics of Landmark's plan to remediate soil beyond what Martell had put on the record.

"We're going to expect that in good faith," Bochicchio, a former mayor, said in a phone interview after the Monday meeting.

"The town is overwhelmingly concerned about what contamination is on that property. If there's nothing to hide, there's no reason not to give us the report."

However, the builder's attorney, Antimo DelVecchio, said doing so would create an expense his client is under no obligation to pay.

"With all due respect, if you can point me to an ordinance provision, or a design standard, that gives this board the ability to stand in the place of the DEP, to charge my client escrow money to have your engineer review a document that has no relevance to this board, I'll reconsider my position," DelVecchio told Bochicchio.

Landmark wants to build 146 rental apartments at the farm, which shut down in the fall of 2013. Its plan calls for 124 market-rate units on six acres on the west side of Washington Avenue, and 22 affordable-housing units on one acre at the corner of Delong and Washington avenues.

The issue of the farm's contaminated soil has loomed over the controversial project. …

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