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Resident: Don't Let Developer Destroy Land

A resident speaks out against the proposed development on the Wemple property.

To the Editor:

The Bridgewater Township Planning Board will be holding a meeting on May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Municipal Building to review an application to develop the former Wemple property, at 440 Foothill Road, as well as the former Cramer property, at 501 Steele Gap Road. 

The new owners are proposing a major subdivision of the tracts in order to construct 18 houses and two roads on these 36 acres of pristine, primarily wooded land. 

The former owners preserved these lands for many years. Unfortunately, due to their deaths, this proposal has been submitted by people who, in my opinion, care nothing about protecting this beautiful area.

If you love nature, wildlife and stately, majestic woods with meandering streams, come to this meeting to see what the raping of this land will do to Bridgewater.

For additional information email the neighborhood group at foothillscivic4@verizon.net.

Sincerely,

Laura Hierspiel

Bridgewater

Say "NO" to 18 Homes May 05, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thanks for your letter and heads up, Laura. For those unfamiliar with the property, I'm hoping the link below will help (if it does not, google "440 Foothill Road, Bridgewater, NJ" an click on the map). You'll see wonderfully wooded acreage and a smattering of homes that have been there for many, many years. The plans, which call for eighteen 5,000 square foot homes on less than an acre each, two new roads cut off of currently narrow and over-trafficked Steele Gap and Twin Oaks Roads, and streets lights (which exist nowhere else on the hill), would change the character of this old and lovely neighborhood considerably. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1680&bih=949&q=440+foothill+road+bridgewater+nj&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89c3bfdc74c7ad65:0xf85ff5ce3304baca,440+Foothill+Rd,+Bridgewater,+NJ+08807&gl=us&ei=j1-lT6HGKMqJ6AHTsei_BA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA

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