The facts presented on this website are, indeed, eyeopening which lead me to further research the happenings in Highland Park. It turns out, this redevelopment plan with the Y has many interlocking small circles that benefit and effect for ill our community.
As the Home News Tribune online 3/30/06 describes:
The YM-YWHA of Raritan Valley will present concept plans to the Planning Board tonight calling for a new Y and a 12-story, 164-foot residential multifamily high-rise. The Y on South Adelaide Avenue between Route 27 and Cliff Court would be demolished and replaced by a new 43,000-square-foot facility, according to documents submitted to the borough. A 258-unit condominium high-rise would also be developed on the site by Highland Cliffs LLC, which would receive land in exchange for building the new Y.
As an everyday moderately active citizen this article did not get my blood pressure up until it was further discovered, based on my basic research, that Sam Halpern, managing member with Highland Cliffs LLC was involved in this redevelopment deal. In fact this is the very Sam Halpern through the Wood Cliff developers, owned by the Halperins, gave 27,000 to a later indicted public official Barry C. Bowers in an ethically challenged pay-to-play licensing scheme. I fear the same tactics are taking place in Highland Park.
In addition, the Halpern family has in excess of 47 liens and judgements against them. Begging the question, is this business relationship between the Sam Halpern in the best interest of the city of Highland Park?
As an avid reader of this blog, I think the mainstream media is a failure. That said, I look to my fellow bloggers to raise the issue and uncover the truth, using your ability to highlight and uncover the corruption and the Sam Halperin’s of the world.
I will be raising this issue in every public forum, I call on my fellow bloggers to do the same.