DUMONT, N.J. — Approximately 250 picketers took to the heart of Dumont protesting the proposed redevelopment plans of the former D'Angelo Farms property Thursday evening.
Last month, the borough council settled a lawsuit with the developer of the D'Angelo Farms property, clearing the way for the construction of 124 units on the seven acre property.
The protesters held signs and banners that read "Save Our Schools, Save Our Town" and "Stop Overdevelopment of Dumont" as they marched down Washington Avenue toward Dumont High School.
The march culminated at a joint meeting between Dumont's council and joint land use board at the high school. At the meeting, the JLUB will consider revisions to the borough’s housing element and fair share plan.
Borough officials are obligated to to accommodate the plans of developer Landmark Dumont LLC thanks to the settlement, NorthJersey.com reports. They must either declare the site in need of redevelopment, or adopt a housing element and fair share plan that rezones the property, according to NorthJersey.com.
"You can't stuff all those apartments on that one little plot of land," protestor Tom Fisichella, a 43-year resident of Dumont, told Daily Voice.
"We are against this because it is unnecessary overdevelopment that could bankrupt the town," added another protester, Tom Gorman.
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