Court Document Released; Letter to Bloomfield from Development Corp
Bill Colgan of the Metro Real Estate Development Corporation discusses the lawsuit and what's ahead in the township's redevelopment.
NOTE: A PDF OF THE ORIGINAL COURT DOCUMENT IS ATTACHED TO THIS ARTICLE. TO READ, CLICK ON THE PDF ATTACHMENT (beside photo attachment.)
Metro Real Estate Development Corporation Managing Partner Bill Colgan released the following statement on the decision of Essex County Judge Carolyn E. Wright to dismiss the lawsuit from affiliated entities of Cary Heller and allow construction to begin in Bloomfield’s downtown:
With Judge Wright’s decision yesterday throwing out this lawsuit, we can now move forward with revitalizing Bloomfield’s downtown. I am confident that we will now begin to see major progress on construction of Glenwood Village following the Judge’s approval of the Planning Board’s site plan for downtown Bloomfield. In finding that the Planning Board’s decision was not “arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable” the court is affirming our viewpoint that this litigation was solely to delay and obstruct this development.
Now that Mr. Heller has had his day in court, which has caused an unnecessary delay of approximately one year, I hope he will step aside, so that we may move forward in creating over 200 permanent jobs, 300 construction jobs, expanding Bloomfield’s tax base, and spurring economic growth in Bloomfield’s downtown.
My partners and I fully understand the frustrations of business owners and residents in Bloomfield who are upset that more progress isn’t being made on the project. We are frustrated as well. But with this unnecessary litigation finally behind us we can move forward and begin to see real progress and construction on Glenwood Village. This has been a long and bumpy road, but the end result of new residential options, increased pedestrian activity, and a 21st century development that can leverage Bloomfield’s mass transportation assets is not far from fruition.
As we move forward, Metro Real Estate Development will continue to keep Bloomfield residents and business owners informed on what is being done – including exciting new announcements – and we look forward to continuing our partnership in remaking Bloomfield’s downtown into a destination for residents throughout Essex County and NorthJersey.