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Walgreens, Dunkin Donuts Planned at Herold's Farm Site

The plan has drawn criticism from residents of both Glen Rock and Fair Lawn who live near the farm.

Herold's Farm. Photo: Jim Leggate.
Herold's Farm. Photo: Jim Leggate.
A developer has controversial plans to construct a pair of commercial buildings at the current site of Herold's Farm on the border of Glen Rock and Fair Lawn.

The proposal calls for a 14,820-square-foot Walgreens and a second building, with a 2,720-square-foot Dunkin Donuts and a 4,000-square-foot space for a third retail business, according to plans on file with Fair Lawn officials. There would also be 90 parking spaces.

The majority of the Prospect Street property is located in Glen Rock and both of the proposed buildings would be built on the borough's side of the border. About 13 parking spaces and a secondary entrance/exit onto Naugle Drive would be built on Fair Lawn's side.

The property is located in residential zones in both towns. The farm dates back to 1915, before modern land use laws were enacted.

"This just looks terrible for Fair Lawn," Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski said. "They're dumping it out onto our street in a residential zone."

The plans have drawn criticism from residents nearby who see the farm, which sells food, plants and gardening supplies, as less intrusive than the chain stores.

Glen Rock this week reconsidered an ordinance which would have rezoned the property for commercial use and potentially paved the way for the project. Neighbors argued the developer's project should be sent to the zoning board for a variance in order to proceed.

Despite being partially in Fair Lawn, the project isn't currently in the borough's jurisdiction and may never be, Mayor John Cosgrove said at a council meeting last week. Officials promised to do whatever they could, but also encouraged residents to attend any hearings about the project and voice their concerns.

"We're going to be vigilant to protect our residents and make sure things are done correctly," Cosgrove said.
jp1 December 12, 2013 at 04:08 PM
The area certainly needs another so called strip mall and dunkin donuts.
Phil Brooks December 12, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Mr. Leggate (who wrote this article), There was a GR council meeting last night. Of course, there's absolutely nothing on the website that even shows minutes, let alone an agenda. // You've got an article here the day after, yet there's absolutely nothing noting what went on last night. // So, if you're going to report, then REPORT.
DD December 13, 2013 at 08:22 AM
I wonder if the owner of the DD across the street is going to be upset. Of course it's possible that he's moving to the new site. Private land owners can do what they want, as long as it doesn't infringe upon the rights of anyone else, and as long as it's within the bounds of the law, but I can't help but think: Glen Rock doesn't need this. Of course, anyone who thinks that is free to buy the land and do with it what they wish.
Jon Hendl December 13, 2013 at 09:09 AM
DD, they're not free to do whatever they'd like with the land. It's zoned residential so they're not allowed to just purchase it and put up commercial property unless the town grants specific permission. It goes to a larger issue of having a long-term business development plan for the town - seems like everyone is playing catch-up here.
DD December 13, 2013 at 09:31 AM
"and as long as it's within the bounds of the law," What I'm saying is that I have no say what type of business eventually goes up, but I'd prefer to not see another DD and drug store.
Kevin Davitt December 13, 2013 at 02:59 PM
The property currently is mixed Residential/commercial, - Herold's residence/Herold's business. The developers need Glen Rock to declare the property 100% commercials in order for Walgreens/Dunkin Donuts to build.

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