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Planed Old Tappan Assisted Living Facility Would Destroy 200 trees and the Loss of a 1750s Home

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Old Tappan NJ, in what can only be characterized as a blatant disregard for both a historical site and an environmental treasure an assisted living facility planned for a tree-filled tract of land on Old Tappan Road is moving forward, over the objections of environmentalists and historians, who say the development threatens wetlands, local wildlife and a nearly 300-year-old home on the property.

In an all to familiar ring , Capital Senior Housing plans to build a 100-bed, three-story facility at the site, which is largely undeveloped except for the historic home and an old barn. To make way for the 80,000-square-foot development, roughly 200 trees would be cut down and the Gerrit J. Haring home, a stone house dating to 1751, would be removed.

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The property is surrounded by single-family homes and a church, near the Bi-State Plaza shopping center and Lake Tappan. To accommodate the assisted living facility, Old Tappan Road would need to be widened about 15 feet.

The 5.5 acres of land was zoned for single-family housing before the borough Planning Board approved the application in January. Over the course of 11 months of hearings, board members were reminded or as some suggest coerced , that such facilities’ “inherent beneficial use,” meaning the board needed a solid reason to deny the application or it could be sued, and a court would then decide whether the board had to reconsider.

5 thoughts on “Planed Old Tappan Assisted Living Facility Would Destroy 200 trees and the Loss of a 1750s Home

  1. Oh , who cares? Just destroy all the historical sites, wetlands, forests, etc until there’s nothing left…… Sarcasm 😊

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  2. Oh , who cares? Just destroy all the historical sites, wetlands, forests, etc until there’s nothing left…… NO Sarcasm

    1. This guy Republicans

      1. you sound like a Racist.

  3. I guess they should have put it where that new gigantic housing sits, then they wouldn’t have to destroy trees or that house

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