Perth Amboy is an environmental justice community. Environmental justice community is one where multiple factors, including both environmental and socioeconomic stressors, act cumulatively to affect health and the environment and contribute to persistent environmental health disparities. For the public good, Perth Amboy needs to stop overdevelopment of warehouses that would make conditions worse here.
Perth Amboy was already overburdened with environmental stressors before the warehouse boom. To date we have alot of warehouses. Why would this be our only development strategy when it has such a high negative impact? It lacks vision, especially for the use of our waterfront. It is of real concern that a new massive 800,000 sq ft warehouse project, more than double the size of Home Dept warehouse, is being proposed on State St near Harbortown that would have a huge negative impact. It should not be built. The huge warehouse is a negative to our community due to its impact on our air quality and public health, because of its negative impact on existing neighborhood traffic and its increase in truck traffic, damage to roads and a negative to the neighborhood through difficulty accessing the entrance/exit to town. It does not add value to the city, it takes it away. It is not a use of a waterfront property that showcases the potential value of that asset and is not what the community wants. We already have warehouses, it cant be our only development plan.
The public has voiced many times that they do not want development that has a high impact on our our air quality and health and we want use of the waterfront that fully utilizes the potential of the property to produce a positive benefit for the community to revitalize. PARA should have recognized that the community wants positive opportunities to develop on the waterfront and and not place warehouses on the waterfront, like at the Home Depot site. We want increased access and use of the waterfront that showcases our city as a great place to live, work and recreate. We dont want giant warehouses that will produce more damage to our roads, more traffic, more trucks, more health problems, more environmental problems and more negatives to our quality of life. Perth Amboy residents deserve a high quality of life not overburdened with overdevelopment. We deserve a high quality of life and projects that take into account protections for our health.
Residents took to social media to express how they oppose this warehouse. One resident said, “we should be building area for people to visit, eat and play along our waterfront not warehouses!”Another said “it is ridiculous! We are wasting prime real estate on warehouses! This town could be beautiful again!” Another said “The roads are already ruined by these tractor trailers. The warehouse doesn’t maintain the roads. And why the waterfront?” Another said “That’s just going to ruin the waterfront and make it uglier and dirtier than it was before! The city put in work to fix it up. And the added pollution! And all the extra traffic!” Another said “More trucks driving around and through the city”
Tonight at the Perth Amboy Planning Board meeting 2 massive warehouses are seeking approval to develop on the waterfront. On the agenda “Warehouse A” will be approximately 243,600 square feet. Proposed “Warehouse B” will be approximately 800,000 square feet. Warehouse B is more than double the size of the Home Depot warehouse (300,000 square feet.). The Home News did a story in Dec 2021 on the massive warehouses proposed. In the public notice for the Jan 5th meeting, it was sent to the community from the city that the applicant were seeking variances for their project, as they are much bigger than the develop currently allowed there.
Perth Amboy has already felt the negative impact of the warehouses we do have, with increased traffic, trucking and decreased quality of life for residents who live near it. But these giant warehouses promise to bring overdevelopment to Perth Amboy and triple the negative impact to our quality of life and environment.
You can join the planning board meeting by zoom tonight at 7pm.
Edison recently listened to residents and vetoed massive warehouses. They cited overdevelopment as the reason to veto the warehouses, which is what would be happening in Perth Amboy if these warehouses are given approval.
The Perth Amboy NAACP asked for the support of State Leadership in denouncing the hate group The Proud Boys who had been attending Woodbridge Council Meetings. Senator Joe Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez issued a joint statement denouncing the hate groups presence in Woodbridge Township, “We denounce groups that spread hate and seek to divide us. Extremist groups like the Proud Boys will not find support from us or from our community.”
Recently, the Perth Amboy Planning Board’s decision to ok an application for affordable housing in Perth Amboy was met with residents concerns about overcrowding, parking problems and concerns about unplanned development. Residents reacted on social media saying the location of the lot to be developed into 2 units was already in an overcrowded area with parking problems. Some asked why the lot wasn’t being acquired for open space. Some wondered if flooding would occur in the area, without the open space to absorb the increasingly heavy rainfall and what would be the impact to the area of more impervious surfaces that make more runoff. Residents suggested that instead of increasing density in an overcrowded area that the city rehab existing housing that is abandoned/neglected/ or purchase foreclosure properties.
The project that was ok’d by the planning board is a collaboration between Morris Habitat for Humanity and PARTNER (Perth Amboy Redevelopment Team for Neighborhood Enterprise and Revitalization), Perth Amboy Housing Authority’s nonprofit. The Home News reported how density was being increased “The lot required a minor subdivision to adjust the existing lot lines so the two adjacent lots will be about the same size. Also sought was site plan approval and variances for development on a lot less than 5,000 square feet, the minimum required, as well as variances for lot depth, front yard setback, and site improvements on the vacant property. ”
Throughout the past few years, residents have appeared at council meetings discussing how they would like to see overcrowding addressed, parking problems and unplanned growth.