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Controversial CareOne's Expansion Plan Approved

More than 60 new beds will be added to the facility. Residents said water runoff and parking will continue to be a problem, despite more spaces and improvements to drainage system.

The Board of Adjustment approved application to expand its facility Monday night.

CareOne is a rehabilitation and residential facility for senior citizens on Black Oak Ridge Road. The number of beds will increase from 126 beds to 189; of the 63 new beds, 41 will be for nurses who live on the campus.

The facility’s footprint will also increase from 29,000 square feet to 47,000.

A small, but vocal, group of residents spoke out against the application. The residents live on Black Oak Ridge Road, Mandeville Drive, and other nearby roadways.

“We’re not getting anything good out of you going here,” said Walter Meyer, a Mandeville Drive resident.

Some wanted officials from the facility to take responsibility for the alleged water runoff problem that's become increasingly worse. One resident said the water has flowed down from the CareOne property and into his house.

The drainage system at CareOne will be improved as part of the application.

Board member Susan Peracchio challenged the residents to be more proactive in finding a solution to the problem rather than just to blame CareOne.

“What have you done as neighbors to fix the problem,” Peracchio asked the audience before the board voted.

Residents said that parking would continue to be a problem despite the fact that the facility’s parking lot is expanding to accommodate the expected increased use of the property. They said that visitors constantly park their vehicles on township streets.

Other residents said the lighting in the parking lot is too bright and that more plants should be installed around the perimeter of the property to prevent them from seeing CareOne from their homes.

Residents were invited to a meet and greet earlier this month at CareOne to discuss the proposed changes. Some residents said they never received an invitation to such an event.

Other residents testified that they did not receive a letter from CareOne informing them of the application and when the board was scheduled to hear it. CareOne was required by law to inform every resident within 200 feet of its application.

It was not known if the application must now go before the municipal and county Planning Boards.

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gregory skiba August 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM
I think it was very rude of susan peracchio to tell the residents to find a solution for the drainage problem. Isn't that her job and the board? I live around there and this is the first that I am hearing of it. I am totally against it!!
Justice August 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Mr. Skiba, Welcome to Wayne..If you don't like it, then there is something wrong with you..This is a town where they force you to conform or move out. It is that simple. Stepford Wives would be so very proud. Yes, I am being fresh. Just stating the dirty, little secrets of this dirty, little town. Where is the FBI? When they took Messercola, they left many behind.
stewart resmer August 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I think there is a need for a traffic signal at this driveway, I am so surprised that one has not been considered. I think it will only be a matter of time before there is a serious collision there. Bigger is not always better, the facility as it already exists is compatible with the community.
Luvin Life August 21, 2012 at 03:02 PM
thankfully moving out of wayne soon....everything just keeps getting increasingly worse, espiecially with all of the flooding and now a drainage problem...give me a break.
Scondo August 21, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Black Oak Ridge Road is a county road, and any decision to install a light would rest with the County , and they would probably have to run it by the State, given the proimity to the lights near Bottle King as it impacts Rt. 23 . But that is not an issue for the local board. Planning Board is not the Town Engineer, nor the Department of Public Works and they are interested in the testimony dealing with drainage, not the per se drainage itself. I think the member properly was saying that if you have a complaint with drainage as currently situated, it is incumbent upon you to take it to the Engirneer, or to DPW and find out what is up. The Board does not carry that load. Many of the drainage problems now being experienced can be alieviated through storm drain cleaning, which has been placed on the back burner due to cost and other task. Even the State DOT is not cleaing the highway catch basins. The Role of a land use board is oftern misunderstood, even at times by their members. They deal with compliance of land use ordinance, not political issues of want or not want.
Nose Wayne August 21, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Justice,can't come back soon enough. They forgot a lot of people. Stewart, We don't need a traffic light in front of every Healthcare facility. Preakness Healthcare is double the size of care one and also exits onto a county road without a traffic light and there are no accidents there. Last thing this town needs is more traffic lights.The drainage problem is handled thru the town Engineering Department, If residents have a problem,they should call the town when the problem occurs so the inspectors can come out and see the problem first hand.
George August 21, 2012 at 08:51 PM
a traffic light at this driveway? totally unecessary.....as it is I never see anyone exiting that parking lot and I drive past almost everyday
stewart resmer August 21, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I think there should be a traffic light at every health care facility in New Jersey, I've seen the way you all drive. Its a blood sport to you, your hostile aggressive nature manifests itself at the wheel. Even The Record's Road warrior gets it. The guy makes a living writing about the deficient roads of New Jersey. You complain about the radar cars on rt 23, why do you suppose they are there to begin with? The driveway at CareOne is an attractive nusance, to not adjust the traffic conditions there is an oversite. Ask me again I'll tell you the same.
Brad August 23, 2012 at 02:34 PM
that is the dumbest idea ever, the town is already overrun with traffic lights and jug hanldes, the last thing we need is another light. There are almost no left turns left in town without a light anymore.
stewart resmer August 23, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Brad, I can't disagree with you, except to say that now that there will be even more traffic in and out of that one driveway including mini buses, commercial deliveries, even ambulances, and more visits that the potential for a serious accident is multiplied.
Brad August 23, 2012 at 02:42 PM
there will be more volume, what would make more traffic would be a light where we are all required to stop at and cause a traffic backup due to the light.
stewart resmer October 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM
CareOne files RICO against Unions. Two Fort Lee-based nursing home companies embroiled in a bargaining-rights battle with workers in New Jersey and Connecticut have filed a lawsuit alleging that union leaders have engaged in extortion and racketeering. Turning up the legal burners on an already enflamed dispute, the companies are claiming violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO, a federal law usually employed to fight the mob. The lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in federal court in Newark, targets 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the union seeking to represent workers at three of the 29 New Jersey nursing homes operated by CareOne and its affiliate, HealthBridge Management LLC. http://www.northjersey.com/news/173838221_Nursing_home_companies_file_RICO_claim_against_unions.html?page=all

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