We live on Route 519, a two-lane road running through Warren County. A developer purchased 581 acres in White Township along Route 519 to build a very large warehouse complex. We as well as countless others have chosen to live on farmlands and/or in rural environments to provide our families better lives.
The developer’s attorney stated in a planning board meeting that his client has a right to build the complex. At one of these meetings this attorney addressed the board and attendees, stating, “If you continue to march forward, you are going to have one giant mess on your hands!” (Does that sound like someone who wants to help our communities?) As lands dwindle developers are attempting to move into rural areas.
Every day our children will be in danger as they get on and off school buses, with tractor-trailers continually stopping and starting as they follow the buses in either direction. If a child is hurt or even killed, it would be horrific.
How can one person be allowed to ruin lives for his own profit? Elected officials, your citizens made our communities. Don’t abandon them! New Jersey, the Garden State, will soon become New Jersey, the Warehouse State.
Elected officials must protect the citizens. Without farms, there is no food. Without open spaces, our environment will collapse.
We have rights. We are entitled to clean air and a safe environment to live in and raise our families. Warehouses should be on major highways, not on rural two-lane roads.
Linda and Butch VanSeters