Reflection Space for Us
Reflection Space for Us
We, the undersigned, residents of Montville Township, petition Montville Township Committee to purchase 640 Main Road and preserve the lot for a Community Reflection Space.
Current condition of the existing building is a town eyesore. The building has been vacant for at least 10 years but has recently been listed for sale by owner.
2020 tax ratable for this property, Lot 51. 640 Route 202 ( better known as Van Schaik building) is $6,905.22, which is less than a ratable of an average Montville home.
*above pictures depict a conceptual idea of what could be developed. It would truly be a unique Town Center Park with some benches and tables, small trees and plants that everyone would be able to enjoy. This will enhance the appearance of our downtown area and make it a place where people would want to visit and stay for a while. It will also be a welcome addition to residents of neighboring town homes.
If Montville Township Committee does not vote to purchase this property, a private developer is allowed, per zone, to build yet another brick and mortar mixed- use building. Existing commercial buildings, neighboring this property, have vacant retail spaces and have been struggling to maintain tenants, long before Covid-19 pandemic affected our economy.
In these uncertain times, our township must plan and preserve this approximately 8,000 square foot lot for a Community Reflection Space.
Preserving this property for future Reflection Space will protect our environment and ensure clean water, enhance and beautify our downtown, reduce traffic, provide a place for a town history presentation, art display and a reflection of a diverse, smart, vibrant and confident community.
Open space lands, public and private, usually require minimal public service provision, yet can contribute significantly to the economic welfare and vitality of a community. When public funds are used to protect land, the community is enhanced from the scenic or recreational benefits of preserving the landscape, as well as from supporting industries that pay taxes, create jobs and reflect the community’s special heritage.
We, the undersigned, Montville Township residents, pay the town Open Space Tax and Morris County Open Space Tax, and this property is eligible to be purchased with those Open Space Trust Funds.