Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Community of the Future

From the Star Ledger:

Trash or treasure at Meadowlands?

Coming soon to a world-famous garbage dump near you: verdant fairways, trains, and luxury eco- friendly villages with vegetative rooftops, solar panels, maybe even windmills.

That is the vision of Bill Gauger III, whose North Carolina company is behind the $1 billion-plus plan to transform landfills and contaminated property in the Meadowlands into golf courses, a hotel, stores and more than 4,000 housing units.

"We're trying to build the community of the future," Gauger said as he traipsed past reeds and bulldozers in Rutherford recently. If all goes as planned, 600 condominiums and apartments and a rail station will rise from the rubbish early next year.
In Rutherford, where 200 senior housing units are planned in addi tion to the 600 condominiums and apartments, residents have raised concerns about how housing den sity will impact schools and services. They are also worried about the levels of mercury in Berry's Creek, which runs through the development footprint.
That election echoed the ousting of Lyndhurst Mayor James Guida last year, who had long supported EnCap's plans. Lyndhurst is slated to get two 18-hole golf courses (one partly in Rutherford), a 350-room conference center/hotel, up to 100,000 feet of retail space, 1,780 housing units and a recreational complex.
Plans for the first 300 condominiums by DeFazio and Associates International of Dover include green vegetative roofs to reduce heat absorption, water and light conservation fixtures.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

do we need more condos here in nnj?

8/02/2006 04:59:00 AM  
Blogger thatbigwindow said...


8/02/2006 06:39:00 AM  
Blogger Richie said...

Sure... This thing will go so over budget and so out of schedule that it'll be declared a disaster in the end.


8/02/2006 07:17:00 AM  
Blogger grim said...

I'd rather see high density condo development and large tracts of preserved parkland than 5 acre zoning and nothing but sprawl.

High density housing lends itself to mass transportation, while the concept of suburbia would not exist without the automobile.


8/02/2006 07:23:00 AM  
Blogger Roadtripboy said...


I agree with you, however too much high-density condo development taxes the local infrastructure and decreases quality of life for everyone (unless city planners have addressed infrastructure upgrades).

Every time I return from a bike ride in this state I feel grateful that NJ does not allow every inch of land to be developed to the gills.

8/03/2006 01:20:00 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home