UNION COUNTY – The Concerned Citizens of Union County (CCUC) are planning to hold a weekly Friday after noon vigil, beginning today, to oppose the construction of a TD Bank branch at the corner of Morris and North Avenues on the Elizabeth, Hillside and Union border. The vigil will take place from 5-6 p.m.
“We see this as a threat to the environment, a traffic and safety hazard and a disregard for the integrity of the Liberty Hall National Historic Landmark, says CCUC spokesperson, Paula Borenstien.
“As Union County prepares to host a statewide conference on Historic Preservation in June, attention should be shown to this immediate threat to the erosion of a national historic landmark. There has never been commercial development on this landmark property, which is adjacent to the Ursino Park/Elizabeth River section of the Union County Parks, and it should not begin now. The Liberty Hall National Historic Landmark was deemed one of the ten most endangered historic sites in New Jersey by Preservation New Jersey.”
Union Township allowed this project to go forward, but other municipalities and residents were never properly consulted, according to the citizens’ group. Both Hillside and Elizabeth City Councils have passed resolutions opposing the construction of the TD Bank, protest organizers said.
“We hope that all those concerned with historic preservation and the quality of life in our neighborhoods will join us at our vigils,” says Borenstein.
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