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24-Hour Business Ban Considered in Glen Rock

Ordinance introduced for consideration last week would prohibit new businesses from operating between midnight and 5 a.m.

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The Glen Rock Council is considering legislation that would set limits on the hours of borough businesses, prohibiting 24-hour establishments from opening in town.

Under the ordinance, formally introduced by the council last Wednesday, businesses in the borough would not be allowed to operate between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.

Businesses already open into the early morning hours would be grandfathered under the ordinance, Glen Rock Mayor John van Keruen said.

“It’s more of a looking forward kind of thing…just to be sure that 24-hour businesses can’t come in,” he said.

Van Keuren said officials have heard concerns about a potential 24-hour Walgreens opening at the location of the Herold’s Farm property on Prospect Street, which the zoning board will soon consider rezoning to an entirely commercial use. But the specific development proposal was not the impetus for the council’s consideration of the new ordinance, he told Patch.

“It just doesn’t seem to be in keeping with the way Glen Rock proceeded in the past, and we think there ought to be a time when everything shuts down,” he said, referring to all-night commercial operations generally. “And there appeared to be no provision to accomplish that in our current ordinances.”

A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance is scheduled for the council’s next public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 29.

jp1 January 22, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Good idea.
Michele Cheshire January 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Way to hate young professionals.
The Fly January 22, 2014 at 05:16 PM
I guess no one on the Glen Rock Council ever had a child who was sick between midnight and 5AM, and in need of an item from a drugstore. Wouldn't the proposed ordinance also result in any new business with a data center staffed 24/7 from moving into the Borough? Would this apply to home based businesses as well?
tracey January 22, 2014 at 06:09 PM
while I understand the neighbors on prospect don't want a walgreens next door to them this seems sneaky and underhand. The town has so few businesses to begin with... nothing to off set the high taxes. Won't a business like walgreens generate taxes for the town not to mention jobs. Great job in scaring away any interest a company could have in the town.
rexa January 23, 2014 at 06:45 AM
Genius! Those empty storefronts on Rock need limitations
Laura O January 23, 2014 at 09:49 PM
This is silly. If a business wants to stay open past midnight then there must be a need.
karen.a.peters January 27, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Walmart has been in the area looking for a location for their first 24-hour Neighborhood Market format in NJ...

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