Speaking of Hillside (see my last post), it appears developer Edmund Lane is holding his ground when it comes to his plans for Hillside Commercial Park.
“If the town’s going to court, then go to court. If they want to waste the taxpayer’s money, then waste it,” Lane’s lawyer, Donald Brenner, said yesterday.
Town Supervisor Thom Kleiner wants Lane to reappear before the Zoning Board of Appeals because of a mistake the board made when it approved a waiver for the project. The board OK’d the waiver before the Planning Board made an environmental impact declaration. Since it was the board’s mistake, Brenner said his client shouldn’t be penalized.
Kleiner and the Town Board are considering suing Lane and the Zoning Board over the matter.
The mistake would have gone completely unnoticed, or ignored, except that a group of homeowners got wind of the project just over a month ago and were not happy. They put together a coalition to fight the project and caught the ear of Kleiner, who had the town’s attorney go over the project with a fine-toothed comb.
Here’s two stories on the project:
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