The citizens of Westville should be made very aware of what they are voting for — and no Community Cat Program should be approved without a Community vote.
The Community should know that they would be approving the creation of “managed” feral cat colonies, of unrestricted size, that could be supported by any of their neighbors. They would be helpless to prevent the deaths of birds and small mammals and reptiles in their own yards, or to prevent the paw prints on their cars, or to prevent the smell of cat urine and poop (containing toxoplasmosis oocysts) in their gardens and sandboxes – because the cats are legally protected.
There will be some pitiful deaths, some from infection or failed sutures due to the perpetually premature post-op release of neutered cats in Trap/Neuter/Re-abandon programs and some from the human cruelty/predation/disease/trauma to which outdoor cats are vulnerable. Rarely are enough of the cats trapped and neutered to prevent the colony’s growth, and rarely do the proponents of these programs acknowledge the threats to public health or the cruelty to wildlife created by concentrations of feral cats.
On July 3, 2017, the Borough of Westville Land Use Board adopted Resolution No. R-17-10, which grants preliminary and final major site plan approval to Mantua Urban Renewal Associates, LP to construct 64 “age restricted” rental housing units at 1000-1002 Broadway and 1010 Broadway.
A four-story building that will house the 64 units will also include associated parking and improvements.
According to the Findings of Fact included in the Resolution, the 54,871 square foot property is “a designated area in need of redevelopment.”
The building footprint will be 16,207 square feet with an overall size of 64,828 square feet. There will be 56 one bedroom units and eight two bedroom units.
Fifty-eight off-street parking spaces are proposed. There will be four handicap accessible parking spaces and 54 standard parking spaces.
At the ground floor, individual private patios will be provided for the units.
A 4,000 square foot outdoor amenity area has been added.
“The current design attempts to achieve a net-zero energy billing, which would provide minimal utility expenses for the residents,” the Resolution reads.
The revised plan will also include one additional street inlet to be added on Ambler Street between Broadway and the existing street inlets on Ambler Street.
On June 5, 2017, there was a Public Hearing on this matter.
To view Resolution in detail click the image below.
An Ordinance granting a long term tax exemption was adopted on June 12, 2013.