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Town Center Developers Consider 'Alternative' for Site

Lawyer requests application for 49-acre site be withdrawn from Planning Board.

The Wayne Town Center will remain vacant for a little while longer.

Wayne Town Center Associates (WTCA) has requested the Planning Board allow its redevelopment application to be withdrawn “without prejudice” as it evaluates “alternative opportunities” for the 49-acre site.

Jerome Vogel, the lawyer representing WTCA, sent a letter to the board earlier this month requesting the application be withdrawn.

Vogel states in the letter than an alternative site plan “will be presented in the reasonably near future.”

Vogel did not return messages left for him at his office Monday afternoon.

The application called for 750,000 square feet of building space to the once-thriving property next to the Willowbrook Mall. It was originally supposed to be only 700,000 square feet.

The Fortunoff building, which remains vacant, was to be knocked down and a new two-story building with multiple high-end stores and a fitness center was supposed to built.

The main part of the building was knocked down in 2009. Realtors left the main part of the mall one by one since 2008. JC Penny is the only remaining tenant. Several restaurants have been built around the periphery of the site in recent years.

Another multi-million dollar redevelopment plan from 2006 was expected to move forward but it stalled in 2009 when Fortunoff, one of the center’s anchor stores, went bankrupt.

Vornado Realty Trust bought a leasehold interest in the site for $12.5 million from Wells Fargo & Co. in late 2010.

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stewart resmer October 22, 2012 at 09:32 PM
maybe it should be made in to a water park...
Chicken Little October 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM
THAT'S VERY FUNNY!!!!!!! (LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!, COUGH, GAG, COUGH, LOLOLOLOL!!!!
Maggi Puglia October 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM
"alternative opportunities"...ah..duh...
Scondo October 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Stewart , Lmao. Touché
Justice October 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM
The article is unclear as to whether the alternative would be in Wayne. If not, what caused the developers to withdraw their application? Unfavorable dealings? Regardless, the bottom line is less ratables.
George October 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Vogel states in the letter than an alternative site plan “will be presented in the reasonably near future.” alternate site PLAN....not site!
Nose Wayne October 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Justice, Same site just different plan. Sounds like another "big box" store wants to go in because of the 50,000 square feet increase in space. Just want to see those crushed gravel piles go away, we need rateables badly.
John Smith October 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
You need to cut your spending; New Jersey is in a downward spiral of lower real estate market prices and, hence, lower ratables.
BooBooBear October 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Great!
BooBooBear October 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Get me my canoe! I'm coming over!
SALLY MAY October 25, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I WANTEDTO COMMENT ON KINGSTON LEAVING THE BOARD OF ED HIGH AND DRY AFTER THE ELECTIONS. DON'T YOU HAVE TO AT LEAST LIVE IN WAYNE TO SERVE ON THE BOARD?? WELL SHE HAS ALREADY SOLD HER HOME...SO DOESN'T THAT MAKE HER NOT A RSIDENT OF WAYNE>?? SHE JUST WANTS TO KEEP HER SEAT SO THEY CAN APPOINT SOMEONE TO HER POSITON INSTEAD OF HAVING US ELECT THEM!!! SAME OLD SAME!!! THEY DO IT EVERY YEAR ! THAT'S HOW WE'VE ENDED UP WITH MOST OF THE CLOWNS ON THERE NOW!
Bill Brennan October 26, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Perhaps the spaghetti bowl air rights ought be traded to williowbrook for their property, this way come Tuesday when the mall is underwater they can rebuild above the highway and restore that asphalt to wetlands. this would save the insurance companies, the taxpayers and the downstream public in perpetuity.

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