Bank Branch Protest Planned

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UNION — Continuing to voice its opposition to the construction of a TD Bank branch at the corner of Morris and North avenues on the Elizabeth, Hillside and Union border, Concerned Citizens of Union County plans to hold a protest vigil, on Friday, July 2, from 5-6 p.m. at the planned construction site.

“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 Concerned Citizens of Union County spokesperson Paula Borenstien.

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“At the start of the July 4 weekend, we especially want to bring attention to the desecration of a national historic landmark,” Borenstien said. “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 PreservationNew Jersey.”

Union Township allowed this project to go forward, but other municipalities and residents were never properly consulted, according to Concerned Citizens of Union County.

Both Hillside and Elizabeth City Councils have passed resolutions opposing the construction of the TD Bank.

“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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