Michael Fernández Posted May 3, 2006 Report Share Posted May 3, 2006 The Meeting on May 2nd ended with a resident at the podium, waiting to speak. It's just not right. Here is a copy of the statement I made last night: Mayor, Council, My name is Michael Fernández and I am a Business owner on 31 Harrison Ave. and a property owner of 27 & 29 Harrison ave. I am also the founder of Friends of Harrison P.A.C. I approach the Council today to express my Concern; of the Council and Mayor; for their over seeing of this Harrison Redevelopment Board; under NJ State Statute, 40A:12A-27. (Oversight of governing body over redevelopment agency). I would like to state my reasoning for such Concern: 1). for what I honestly believe is the most relevant action. The knocking down of JFK stadium; Allowing a Developer, to displace the Children’s Recreational fields, without securing a proper place for them; from little leaguers to seniors in High School all were affected. The Harrison Soccer team was #1 in the State for the last 3 years, & this year they didn’t even place. Possible scholarships were lost for these kids. That’s just not right. When anything gets between our kids, THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCUSE GOOD ENOUGH, & NO COMPROMISES TAKEN!. The developers should have waited. The Council should have stopped this from happening. When the council became aware that the SCC was running into difficulties, immediate Action should have been taken to stop the developer. May I remind the Council? they appoint each member of the Redevelopment Board/Agency. Harrison’s children were left without a field to play football, soccer, baseball, softball. The traditional high school homecoming festivities were cancelled. Harrison’s athletes lost home field advantage and possibly scholarship opportunities. Residents were deprived of recreational facilities. 2) The Harrison Redevelopment Board/Agency, appointed Developers to land in the redevelopment zone some years ago. Some of that land is where my business is located on, 31 Harrison Ave. Property my family owned & paid taxes on; for over 30 years; enduring the economical depression Harrison suffered. As business throughout Harrison, closed; my families hard work preserved the family tradition of the Spanish Pavillion, which puts Harrison on the Map! I’ve been waiting since July 7th 2002, when Millrose Developers were appointed my land. I saw drawings, of a building that was to be placed, where my business & land is located. I had less then year & a half, I was told. Lawyers were hired and undo stress was bared. How much longer can I wait? I’ve been victimized by the developers & the Redevelopment board. The developer was in a rush to take over my property because it’s prime real estate. Now that they have the rights to my property, I have no chance to develop my-self nor do any of my neighbors. Under NJ State Statute 40A:12A-9. (Agreements with redevelopers) There is “a provision requiring the redeveloper to begin the building of the improvements for those uses within a period of time which the municipality or redevelopment entity fixes as reasonable”. Mayor, Council; What we as Harrisonians need, is security, security of our future. To make sure that our future is headed in the right direction. The New High School looks nice, and so does the field, but the fact that Harrisonians went 1 year with out proper recreational fields, is horrible, a disgrace. I believe that this Harrison Redevelopment Board should be replaced, with a board that’s more sensitive to the needs of Harrisonians. Thank you for your time and I hope this Council will take proper action, in regards to my request of replacing this redevelopment Board. I hope that future decisions, by the Council and Redevelopment Board/Agency, will continue to serve this community, the best they can. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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