Parsippany developer Woodmont Properties, LLC, withdrew its application to re-zone property on Birchwood Avenue in Cranford, prior to Tuesday night’s meeting of the Cranford Township Committee. Republican Anne Evans Estabrookhad hoped to sell hersixteen-acre parcel of land to a firm whose lawyer serves on her U.S. Senate exploratory committee.
The controversial re-zoning request was a political football in the Union County town, where for the past few months residents besieged Planning Board meetings and voiced disapproval of the developer’s proposed transformation of part of Birchwood from office space to residential.
Neighbors were upset that construction of 124 units of residential age-restricted housing in an area subject to flooding would create an adverse impact. The re-zoning application was complicated by the presence of Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin III, who acted as attorney for the applicant. According to Commissioner George Jorn, Morin sent a letter to the town on Tuesday withdrawing Woodmont’s application.