A Sad Display

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An abomination. Shameful. A ghetto.

These aren’t words one typically hears thrown around offi cial meetings regarding a building in Livingston, but over several recent meetings of the Township Council and Planning Board, we have heard just that about a proposed Pulte Homes affordable housing project to be built on the property of the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. The main point of contention, though there are others, is that there is no elevator for residents living on the upper fl oors of the four-story structure.

Nobody disputes that this building is within code. It is very clear those involved strived to meet the absolute bare minimum requirements, which is why, to avoid the threat of legal action against the township, the Planning Board and Council both voted to move the project forward last week. But that does not mean that the end result of this penny-pinching project will not be an unfair, unjust, and likely uncomfortable place to live for many of its occupants.


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