From the Home News Tribune:
About 50 people spoke out against the proposed construction of 84 multifamily homes in the Princeton Gate subdivision at last night’s Planning Board meeting.
The Planning Board had not yet voted on the proposal by deadline.
The proposal, which has brought strong opposition from neighborhood residents, called for the multifamily homes to be built on 44.54 acres off Gateway Boulevard by K. Hovnanian Central Acquisitions LLC.
Residents argued the multifamily or stacked town homes, which are three-story buildings that can house two families, did not fit with the surrounding area.
“What they are trying to do is build many apartments that look nothing like the rest of our neighborhood,” Stan Kornblum, a Princeton Gate resident, said last night. “All I can do is ask the board to do the right thing, and if it is inevitable that Hovnanian builds something, it be aesthetically pleasing and of a similar price range as the rest of our neighborhood.”
“We are not opposed to growth,” she said. “We would welcome neighbors with open arms, but this proposal does not blend in with the current neighborhood, not to mention what these multifamily homes would do to traffic and schools.”
Hovnanian contends the homes are a new product focused on young professionals and senior citizens. In each of the three-story homes, the top floor and bottom floor each belong to one family. The middle floor is shared, although it is split into private sections.
Hovnanian representatives told the Planning Board the homes would bring a minimum number of children to the township based on the clientele expected to rent or purchase the units. They also expect a minimal impact on traffic.
The existing homes in the subdivision are all single-family homes built between 10 and 20 years ago. Neighbors said the proposed homes would be an eyesore compared with the rest of the neighborhood. They said they feared the homes would resemble those in high-density areas, such as Jersey City. Others feared the project would open the door to similar multifamily homes in the township.