Tell the Hopewell Township Zoning Board:
Hollystone Manor on Fiddlers Creek Road should never be used as a Commercial Enterprise.
On December 7, 2022, the Hopewell Township Zoning Board began to hear an application to turn the historic Hollystone Manor into an upscale hotel, with restaurant, gym, and pool. Hollystone is part of a highly sensitive, environmental area in the Mountain Resource District, a residential-only district designed to protect the endangered flora and fauna of the Fiddlers Creek and Ted Stile’s preserves, Bald Pate Mountain and neighbors’ properties.
Sign below to tell Hopewell Township officials: I strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. It is not a permitted use in the Mountain Resource District and variances to allow it should not be granted.
Please sign the petition by stating your name, municipality, and email address. Adding a comment about why you oppose the development of Hollystone and your snail mail address would be awesome. Thanks for helping! .
As of March 1, there are more than 500 signatures. Add your name today!
Who else has signed the petition? (When you sign, there will be a delay in it appearing here for administration purposes):
|Name||Which municipality do you live in?||Comment|
|Carol Pollock||Hopewell Township||A spa, hotel, or whatever these people choose to call their project, should not be smack in the middle of a beautiful, residential neighborhood. It’s bad enough they are building 1700 units off of Scotch Road, now this? No!|
|Brian Hill||Other||Just no!|
|lisa yonno||Hopewell Township||This latest proposal fits in with what appears to be a long-term goal of emulating more urban municipalities with respect to allowing for commercial and urban development of open space, woodland and farmland. This township has seen a number of development projects rubber stamped to the detriment of the landscape and likely to ground water quality. Each development project has long reaching impact on the quality of life for residents, many of whom value highly the natural open spaces this township once offered but is now actively destroying. |
This proposed hotel will add to the expected spike in traffic from nearby new housing developments. The influx of visitors will further burden our delicate aquifer and surrounding environment and contribute to future needs for staff increases of law enforcement/emergency services as well as the possible expansion of township offices and the demand for new amenities. Increased traffic will contribute to run off contamination through rubber tire debris, engine oil or fuel leaks, lowered air quality from exhaust fumes plus increased animal strikes. A developed site typically uses herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers all of which pose a runoff risk to nearby ground water and populations of native and migratory species as well as health risks to humans and pets- even those pesticides promoted as natural are lethal to non-target insect species and potentially lethal to birds and mammals. The increase in sound and light pollution adversely affects native and migratory species as well as the quality of life for nearby residents.
Allowing this site to be turned into another business venture is not progress and risks the natural landscape at a time when every inch of open space is critically precious For the Twp to alter site zoning in order to green light this proposed hotel would be egregious and very telling about the local government’s future plans for our area
|Joan Myers||Other||save Holly Stone Manor and the name that goes with that manor.|
|Patricia Dorio||Hopewell Township|
|Curtis Scott||Hopewell Township|
|Jorge Guerrero||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Jane Lee||Hopewell Township||I am most concerned that the permitted use (commercial), if granted, would live on in perpetuity beyond the current applicant.|
|Carol and Philip Carlson||Hopewell Township||Over the years, many people in the township fought long and hard to have this area protected from development, a movement led by the late Ted Stiles, a biology professor at Rutgers for 35 years and expert in migratory birds who was our good friend and neighbor. At his death, he was praised as “an absolute giant when it comes to open space preservation,” by Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. The protections he and his supporters achieved for the area were supposed to be permanently built into the law. This variance would completely ignore those protections to the detriment of the fragile environment in that area. We own and run the Carlson Christmas Tree Farm on New Road, which is 20 acres in a zone of the township that restricts development to 14 acres. I’m certain that if we tried to get a variance to subdivide our property, it would not be granted. This variance should not be granted either.|
|Marcy Shrage||Other||Enough with this construction in our private communities clean air open space|
|William Klun||Hopewell Township|
|J Urbanski||Other||Stop the hotel!|
|Steven Olsen||Other||Please don’t put up a hotel.|
|Beau Young||Hopewell Township|
|karin peklak||Hopewell Township|
|Dorrie Myers||Other||It should stay a preserve for endangered species and wildlife as it was originally intended. Will bring too much traffic and then next the roads will need to be expanded. Why must every bit of land always turn commercial? Save the wildlife and the beauty of nature.|
|Carol Kelly||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Caren Bruns||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||Please preserve our beautiful area.|
|Ethan Russell||Hopewell Township||protecting the fragile ecosystem of our planet is the most important task we have as a species|
|Brian E Tucker||Other||This land should be preserved for the benefit of our local community here in NJ. The proposed development would not protect the public access afforded to us now into this preserve. Our area continues to lose valuable open space to redevelopment. Protect the beauty of our region, our Delaware watershed and Sourland Mountain area.|
|Mary Foster||Hopewell Township||The only one that is benefiting from this hotel is the developer. Coming from out of state and trying to make money at the expense of local residents and the quality of life we all love in this township.|
|David Smithers||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Ken Paul||Hopewell Township|
|Barbara Rigers||Other||Please find a way to maintain this important habitat and prevent the additional destruction of our natural resources. Oppose this application. Thank you.|
|Ross Heutmaker||Hopewell Township|
|David Sweeney||Other||This is outrageous. The traffic would ruin the eco system. This road is hard to maintain with the normal traffic, let alone an increase by 50%. Have a true study of the effects before approving this.|
|Elzbieta Schoellkopf||Hopewell Township||I support land, trees and natural landscapes preservation .|
|Carol Staats||Hopewell Township||No hotel wanted or needed! Beautiful area do not depreciate our mountainous landscape and countryside by bringing commercialization. STOP!!!|
|Charles Staats||Hopewell Township||This area of Township has been preserved and zoning SHOULD NOT be changed. Fiddlers Creek area is no place for commercial development.|
|Kathleen Adams||Other||Live in West Amwell on the border of Hopewell, Rt 29 doesn’t need more traffic and what purpose does a hotel serve next to nature preserve???|
|Christopher Plummer||Other||I live in Washington Crossing, PA and frequently bird and bike at Bald Pate and Fiddler’s Creek. Does the area need yet another “destination” hotel? Go to New Hope or Lambertville please.|
I attended one of the Hopewell sessions and was appalled at how the developer has tried to “greenwash” what would be a major disruption to the area and cause permanent damage to a rare pristine ecological park, while at the same time completely disregarding the nature of the area in the traffic study, which was based on a one hour window of Saturday afternoon. Probably the least traffic at the site during daylight hours! Try early in the morning, on a workday/school day during Spring Warbler season!
The architect tried to weasel around questions about AC systems and external modifications that would clearly be required, misunderstood a question about the impact of night light on birds, and nobody even asked how the sewer and septic would be impacted by another 20 or so toilets.
There is no way that even a “small” hotel and “small” restaurant could operate at this location without a severe detrimental impact on the traffic on both Route 29 and Fiddler’s Creek Road, affecting both the humans who live and travel on it, and the animals that cross from one side to the other.
Please disallow any zoning change on this property.
|Maura Mcnamara||Hopewell Township|
|Deborah Vari||Other||Other than the fact that this is not needed ‚Ä¶.there will be irreparable damage to the natural environment with the added traffic-both vehicles and people. This area needs to be preserved and the habitat of plants and wildlife respected.|
|Samantha McQueen||Hopewell Township|
|Cathy Fortenbaugh||Hopewell Township||Fully support stopping the hotel. Once gone we will never be able to protect that fragile ecosystem.|
|Glenn McQueen||Other||The history flora and wildlife in this area need to be protected|
|Amy Edwards||Other||Hopewell township and the areas nearby have not considered the impact of all of the new housing/commercial building in our area. Traffic has increased because the roads have not expanded, leading to more accidents. No improvement or expansion of the school systems. And nature is being removed by default. We do not need another hotel in the area.|
|Cynthia Goldsmith||Hopewell Township||I am a professional Historic Preservation Specialist and in my opinion, this proposed project is destructive to cultural and environmental resources, and is totally out of scale from a design and environmental point of view.|
|Robin Fogel||Hopewell Township|
|Steve Bales||Other||I live in the Sourlands (Hillsborough) and feel the same about the woods in my own back yard as I do about Fiddlers Creek Preserve!|
|Johnny Leung||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||I recently moved to Pennington from NYC and me and my family love every bit of Hopewell and it‚Äôs nature and preservation in historical buildings. Even if there is any business driven variance, they must show charitable benefit to the community instead of destroying the nature and bringing in what their big proposals in turning the residence into a cash cow. Hopewell is a beautiful town where I see many residents love their nature surroundings and know when and what type of birds migration begins and locate. I feel like it is part of my new duty to keep this place in its natural state without over population and pollution from human beings.|
|Dana Chin||Other||I am an avid user of the preserve. This development is too large and too close to the preserve. The area is already fragile and cannot tolerate such a development.|
|Veena Juroshek||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Charles Dempsey||Hopewell Township||Changing zoning in such a rural area should never be allowed. The committee is so strict on the residents of Hopewell Township. How could they even consider a 27 room hotel and a restaurant without city sewer.|
|Katja Lewis||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Patricia Sziber||Hopewell Township||I am extremely concerned about the obvious lack of priority given to the very special natural features of the Hollystone property by these aggressive developers, and I will do whatever I can to help stop their intrusion.|
|Loreen Rahn||Hopewell Township|
|Kristy Cooper||Hopewell Township|
|John Kling||Other||I lived in Titusville for years and was Music Director at Titusville Methodist. The roads around that area are just too twisty.|
|KENNETH ALLEN||Hopewell Township||I have been watching what I once knew as a “rustic and bucolic” area turn into anything BUT! Those of us who have been here for -generations- are appalled.|
|Tania Gindilis||Hopewell Township|
|Aaron Echternacht||Hopewell Township||There has been a lot of time and effort to preserve nature there. This hotel will do permanent damage. |
The residents do not want this
|Nina Galletto||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Sherry Greenspan||Other||This is not a place for a hotel. It will disrupt the nature and ecosystems in a negative way and will be dangerous. The safety study was poorly executed and therefore not reliable.|
|Lisa B Schwartz||Other|
|Richard Kling||Hopewell Township|
|Sandy Basta||Hopewell Township|
|Matt Kantner||Hopewell Township|
|Joey Perillo||Other||Does EVERYTHING have to about making more money?|
|Gunilla Ebers||Other||I live in the general area (close by) and frequently drive down/up Fiddlers Creek Rd. One reason I moved here was the countryside. It’s important to preserve it for future generations and not exploit it for short term profits.|
|Albrecht Koppenhofer||Other||I believe this development is going to be detrimental to the adjacent nature preserve that my family and many friends regularly visit to enjoy the nature which is already a bit in short supply in the area.|
|Heather Koppenhofer||Other||While I am a resident of Lawrenceville, my family and I enjoy walking in the Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain. Over the years we have observed the hard work that has gone into restoring the preserve. I have a PhD from the department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. It is in my opinion as a scientist that this proposal is detrimental to the fauna of the area.|
|Cindy Kunnas||Other||The project will have a negative effect on the nearby Delaware River tributary.|
|Kathy Dabanian||Other||With everything else being so over developed and I am glad the surrounding acres of this place are preserved. Keeping that in mind with the environmental impact this Hotel would have I am against it.|
|Jeanette Kuehn||Hopewell Township||Not appropriate for this area|
|Margaret Powers||Hopewell Township||Not only will this be bad for the environment, but bad for the neighbors as well. My personal experience with Brickfarm Restaurant from septic issues to amplified music well into the evening hours has been an issue in a residential area. Not to mention that the zoning board than allowed a brewery and distillery on site. Luckily, ownership has changed and issues are being addressed.|
|julie yang||Hopewell Township||I live very close to the brick farm which has been a negative impact to the neighborhood especially Environmentally. Their septic system failed multiple times (many times, this was reported to the owner and to the Watershed Institute) and finally getting looked at due to someone reporting this issue to the EPA. Also, the light and the noise pollution is affecting the neighborhood. I don‚Äôt recommend this type of usage in the preserved land.|
|Lana Bescript||Other||No, no, no. If this property cannot be maintained as a private residence, then big city investor needs to move on. Leave the flora a fauna as they are. Let’s not “pave paradise and put up a parking lot”. I do not currently live in the area but grew up around there and am quite familiar with it and I see no purpose in ruining a piece of precious property only to try and make a profit. There is no infrastructure in this area that would not eventually be impacted by this. Neighbors who have lived there and have enjoyed the privacy and quiet, deserve it still. On behalf of the wildlife that depends on this area as their homes, please stop before it’s too late.|
|Perry Milou||Other||My father in law Dr. Angelo Mastrosimone lives on Fiddlers Creek road , He has lived there over 40 years |
You will not be building a hotel on this site !
|Judith Robinson||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||This is a destructive use of this property that abuts a sensitive protected area. Stay with the stated zoning and refuse to grant a variance to this developer who is falsely minimizing the environmental impact of her proposed plan.|
|Gary Coleman||Hopewell Township||I am against any zoning variances to this property.|
|Jenna Jackson||Hopewell Township||Not for it! Hopewell is getting overcrowded & overbuilt. Preserve Hopewell, Pennington & Titusville’s natural and historic community.|
|Marchella Cariola||Other||I grew up on Fiddlers Creek and I am greatly concerned about ANY increased traffic on the this quiet and peaceful road. The residents DO NOT want this and their opinions should be valued.|
|George Vurgason||Hopewell Township||This project will generate too much traffic. My horses are boarded on Fiddler’s Creek. This project will create too much traffic on a road that is winding and narrow.|
|Tim Stanek||Hopewell Township||Please preserve the natural beauty and ecological stability of the Baldpate Mountain/Fiddlers Creek Preserve area; do not approve the variances required for establishment of a hotel. The variances necessary for creation of this hotel and its associated spa and restaurant directly contradict the intent of the Mountain Resource District zoning. The impact of such a resource-intensive property immediately adjacent to an ecologically sensitive area at Fiddlers Creek Preserve and Fiddlers Creek itself mandates rejection by the township.|
I have been hiking and riding through Baldpate Mountain and Washington Crossing State Park for over 15 years. The peace and tranquility of the area have always been highlights for me. Please do not disturb this conserved region of New Jersey with a hotel. Let visitors enjoy the undisturbed public lands and parks as they are.
|Brian Dongaro||Other||This is atrocious. But, makes sense because the mayor and the deputy‚Äôs stirs children don‚Äôt even go to Hopewell and they do not care about the town.|
|KAM STONE||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||One of the reasons why we moved to Hopewell Township was the vast spaces and quiet surrounding‚Äôs. If this pressure from mercantile government continues we will have no choice, but leave Hopewell township. Please, start doing something for us!|
|Lucy Hollar||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||The sourlands are precious and not to be tampered with for mediocre profit and a business that serves no one in the community.|
|Patrick Richichi||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Susan Kepler||Other||This would be so detrimental to the environment! Too many people adding to pollution both air and noise. This is a very important historical site that should not be used for a hotel!|
|JM Rotolo||Other||I live on the border of hopewell township. I spend most of my time there enjoying the beautiful area trails, nature etc and shopping in the township. There is enough traffic and commercial property in the township. It will effect surrounding towns negatively as well. Save nature….STOP THE GREED.|
|Gavin Hoover||Other||I came for a day project and was stunned by the beautiful scenery and nature. I want to help preserve the area and all its beauty.|
|Kathleen Long||Other||This venture adds no value to the ecology or the people that reside here, it only takes at their expense.|
|Diane Davis||Hopewell Township|
|Mary Harrison||Other||This peaceful residential area is a safe and secure area for so much wildlife and should remain as. Hopewell and Pennington are already overdeveloped. Please do not let an unwelcome, unwanted and unnecessary hotel ruin it.|
|David Galli||Hopewell Township||Business is a dynamic venture. Who knows what this could morph into. An outside developer catering to an out-of-town clientele…. I don’t like it. My family first moved into Hopewell Township in 1929. I don’t recognize it anymore. Some call it progress. I don’t.|
|Marilyn Orland||Hopewell Township|
|Tom Riley||Other||“Pave paradise and put up a parking lot” Why?|
|Eric Guckin||Other||Let’s preserve this beautiful property. Progress isn’t always progressive.|
|Hannah Suthers||Hopewell Township||A variance in this Mountain Resource District allowing an upscale Boutique Hotel should not be granted. Increased roadkill at the vernal pools, outdoor light pollution, sweeping headlights, wastewater in the creek, runoff from any pesticide control of ticks and mosquitoes, and disturbance by increased hikers would devastate sensitive wildlife on Fiddler’s Creek Preserve and adjacent Baldpate. |
I was a volunteer on the original biological survey team with Ted Stiles to gather fauna and flora data for the purchase of Baldpate, and I continue to volunteer with the Birds in Forested Landscapes project. I can assure you that data show this area to have the largest assemblage of migratory and breeding Neotropical birds in central New Jersey (Magee). The Hollystone and Fiddler’s Creek area is a precious resource for threatened fauna and flora and must not be disturbed by the likes of the proposed Hopewell House.
|Laura La Cross||Other||Preserve Hollystone Manor|
I grew up in Hopewell Township. I visit my dad, who’s lived there for 62 years, frequently. The best part of Hopewell Twp it’s historical background and how uncrowded it is.
|Kathy Bailey||Other||Please preserve the wildlife and natural habitats !!!|
|Ian Hodge||Hopewell Township||This project can not happen! Do not let them destroy more nature!|
|Kari Lloyd||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Anthony Gentile||Other||I grew up right down the street from there and it‚Äôs such a beautiful area. Hate the idea of some money hungry developer destroying it. Let alone desecrating a historic building like that.|
|Nancy Cavallo||Hopewell Township||The proposed use is inconsistent with uses allowed in the area. The additional traffic will contribute to the high level of traffic on route 29. This is a residential area that should stay that way. No variances allowed.|
|Debbie Furness||Other||Please preserve the wonderful natural beauty.|
|Carol Kondrach||Hopewell Township||1- The proposed use does not fit in with the rest of the area |
2- This is not an inclusive use of this space and will not serve the entire community
3- Why would anyone want a parking lot for 90+ cars on Fiddlers Creek road?
|Holly Fay||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||Who will this serve?|
|Barbara White||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||We need to prioritize the environment and animals’ habitats, not destroy them with unneeded and decadent high-end businesses that will bring disruption and noise. One must wonder why such an outlandish and out-of-place proposal is even being considered.|
|A. J.||Hopewell Township||This area is special and unique. For all of us who are lucky enough to call this place home, it is our relaxing, quiet, dark and peaceful life retreat. Only an outsider would want to come here and ruin all of that.|
|Victoria Strong||Hopewell Township|
|Abby Weinstein||Hopewell Township||Stop the over-development!|
|Elizabeth Cossean||Other||Please preserve our history|
|Victoria Sparks||Other||The area is beautiful. Why destroy it?|
|Jesse Neuman||Hopewell Township||This is part of what makes our area so charming and wonderful—let people come to visit and hike; not consume and pollute with extended luxury hotel stays and idling suv’s …. Please do not allow the variance!|
|Brian Hill||Other||Enough is enough|
|Richard Milligan||Other||I enjoy the Creek regularly.. it is a nice area with nativexx bc wildlife. It‚Äôs not worth losing for another crummy hotel.|
|Wolfgang Hul||Other||I’ve been coming to the Fiddler’s Creek area for decades to hike, explore, walk my dogs and just be in a natural environment in central NJ. I frequently drive through this area on my way to Lambertville and New Hope even though it’s a longer trip because of the quiet natural beauty and wildlife. To see that threatened so that another out-of-state investor with deep pockets and no connection to the area can reap a profit is obscene! This should have been rejected immediately and never even given consideration. I hope the elected officials find their moral spine and do what’s right for the area and its residents.|
|Susan Petti||Other||I grew up in West Trenton and often visited a friend whose parents built a beautiful home on Fiddlers Creek Rd in the late 1960‚Äôs. Why would anyone want to change the rural benefits of this area as it was then and now? It was always a pleasure driving along the Delaware River and exploring the vast green spaces along the way. Though I no longer live in the area, my wish would be for generations to come to enjoy Fiddlers Creek Rd as it is now and never become a commercial enterprise.|
|Michael Guzman||Hopewell Township||I strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. It is not a permitted use in the Mountain Resource District and variances to allow it should not be granted.|
|Melinda DeAugustines||Hopewell Township|
|Tracie Guzman||Hopewell Township||I strongly oppose the building of the hotel. Please preserve our land.|
|Christiana Hart||Hopewell Township||My husband and I moved to Titusville a little over a year ago. We chose our house because of the quiet parks and nature preserves nearby. There are plenty of towns in this area where a hotel is appropriate. Fiddler‚Äôs Creek is not that place. Please do not allow this large business to bring in so many people and affect the wildlife and natural areas that are so critical to life here.|
|Delaney Mutschler||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Michael Mendonez||Hopewell Township||This is a protected space that should be preserved from commercial traffic and ecological dangers.|
|Paula Houghton||Hopewell Township|
|Patrick Houghton||Hopewell Township|
|Caroline Lippincott||Hopewell Township||Please please please please don’t change the zoning area that covers 29 Fiddlers Creek Road. It’s the kind of decision that all over the world has been objected to in hopes of saving the planet. Surely the members of the Hopewell Township bvoard are cogcnizant of these crises we live with. Surely they do not wish to add to the global disasters by this shocking idea of re-zoning this area- frankly, out of greed. (What other reason could there be?)|
|Sarah Gosselin||Hopewell Township|
|Sharie Verdu||Hopewell Township||As a long term resident of the area nearby, I am in opposition to a variance on the zoning of this property. The proposed project, as I understand it from the recent article in the Hopewell Express, seems inappropriate for the neighborhood and for the parklands surrounding Hollystone Manor. While the developer says she wants to connect people to the land, support conservation, and foster interest and passion for nature, the description of her plan sounds more like a place that will cater to luxury at the expense of the natural environment-a pool, a bar, a gym? 75 parking spaces? A club? It seems more likely that these amenities will remove people from a natural experience while creating traffic, noise, light pollution and a negative impact on the surrounding preserved lands as well as the flora and fauna meant to be protected. I am also concerned that all the “plans” she presents to the Zoning board may be changed once the hotel takes shape. I have seen this happen time and time again when development is proposed, everything is made to sound quite positive and desirable but the end product turns into something quite different from how it was presented. |
A Bed and Breakfast type establishment might be suitable and acceptable for that property but not a luxury hotel facility, no matter how much “foraging and nature crafting” the guests might do. ( Is foraging even appropriate in preserved lands?)
|Clairelise Berry||Hopewell Township||The mercerme article made it clear that this is not a business that belongs here. The article was concerning as it seems like the clientele who the hotel is designed for is pretentious people who would clog the roadways, ruin the landscape, and not fully appreciate this beautiful community. New Hope and Lambertville are just a stones throw away and much more suited for the stress the hotel guests would cause on Hopewell’s resources and the surrounding community.|
|Teresa Stimpfel||Other||Baldpate or portions of it should never be developed as a hotel or other commercial enterprise. There is history, flora and fauna that would be damaged. Everyone’s use if this special park would be VERY VERY negatively impacted by such developments. Please preserve our special spaces.|
|Kevin Berry||Hopewell Township||The location is not zoned for a hotel for good reason. It‚Äôs a quiet country road and the number of parking spaces in the proposal indicates that traffic problems will be significantly exacerbated if the hotel is installed.|
|Carl Nami||Other||No hotel in Hopewell Twp.|
|jennifer Branagh||Hopewell Township|
|Dr Beth Warren||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Vaughan Grundy||Hopewell Township|
|RACHEL DONINGTON||Hopewell Township||THIS PROPERTY WAS IN MY HUSBAND’S FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS AS A PRIVATE HOME. WE TRULY VALUE IT’S BEAUTY. |
ONE OF TOP REASONS WE CHOSE HOPEWELL VALLEY TO CALL OUR HOME AND RAISE OUR CHILDREN IS IT’S SERENE ENVIRONMENT AND COMMITMENT TO OPEN SPACE. THIS TYPE OF USE FOR HOLLYSTONE MANOR WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE A DISRUPTION.
THERE IS NO PLACE, OR REASON, FOR AN UPSCALE HOTEL IN HOPEWELL VALLEY.
|Carly Ferraro||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|James Grundy||Hopewell Township|
|Jane Hamill||Other||I live in Delaware Township and hike the Reserve often. Hollystone has been the site of 5 different weddings of friends over the years- it gives the only affordable option of getting married within our beautiful local setting- these are all couples who love our local area and have decided to start families here. |
I strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. It is not a permitted use in the Mountain Resource District and variances to allow it should not be granted.
|Marisa Cariola||Other||I grew up on fiddlers creek road. It would be devastating to the community and local environment to allow this hotel.|
|Andrea Hanley||Hopewell Township||This sets the precedent that building more commercial building is okay|
|Angela Milou||Other||Not all development is positive. Preservation is the right decision.|
|Chris and Claudia Fuges||Hopewell Township||If we’re counting correctly, these developers propose a variety of separate non-conforming commercial uses in a highly restricted residential zone: a 27 room hotel, a public restaurant, a public bar, outdoor drinking and dining areas, a 97 car parking lot, a public swim club, a public gym, a pubic coffee bar, a public yoga studio, a public spa, a gift shop, and we’ve lost count. All in an area that we’ve been paying extra taxes for years to protect from such commercial development due to it being environmentally fragile. If the Zoning Board wants to destroy the Master Plan along with the environment, approving this project would do that. And although we don’t live anywhere near this project, we have to object to it because it would negatively effect the entire Township.|
Developers trying to insert a commercial use in a residential zone all seem to use same argument, usually jobs and taxes. But residential uses also create local jobs, just different types, such as daycare, grocery and retail stores, dry cleaners, etc. They also provide needed volunteer workers for various organizations. Plus adding hotels, bars, restaurants, swim clubs, gyms, etc., can hurt the businesses of the existing ones and cause business and job loss. As for any proposed added tax revenue, once ratables are equalized, the Township will pick up a bigger share of the school and County taxes. The pittance that will be left for the Township will disappear when all the property owners who are negatively impacted, both residences and businesses, file tax appeals. This is why the Master Plan carefully planned areas for different uses.
In the past year, we’ve stayed at 5 hotels from here to Florida, so we can compare. None of them had restaurants. Eliminating this non-essential, and also non-conforming, unnecessary extra commercial use would also eliminate the outdoor dining and drinking areas and reduce the parking need. All of them had pools but only for the use of hotel guests, not the general public. Four had gyms but only for guests. None had the proposed exterior recreation, dining, and drinking areas spread out all over the yards of their properties. Perhaps the developer doesn’t know that outdoor creatures, including the very fragile bird population, do eat crumbs and drink from glasses and spills. We were shocked to see the intensity of this proposed development. Basically, no hotel needs bars or restaurants and no hotel needs to open pools, gyms, or anything else, to the public. Nor do they need to use their yards to create more environmentally harmful lighting and noise. This appears to be greed operating at the expense of other Township businesses, and at the expense of a very fragile environment. This entire project would not benefit Hopewell Township, would damage a fragile environment, violates the Master Plan, and it should be denied. Hopewell Township does have commercial zones for bars, restaurants, hotels, gyms, etc.
|Stephanie Spock||Hopewell Township|
|Garrett Chasar||Hopewell Township||No hotel in hopewell|
|James Lee||Hopewell Township|
|Joanna Coleman||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||Committee, please respect the thoughtful and sincere wishes of these residents and neighbors and do approve this proposal.|
|James Theodore||Other||I have a number of issues with this proposal however I‚Äôll only list the one most egregious item here. It is clear that the zoning here intentionally has a deep front yard setback to maintain the rural character of this area. It would be unconscionable to allow this development to build a large parking lot in this intentional setback. A total lack of maintaining the character of the area‚Ä¶..not a good fit and should be defeated. Not to mention the light pollution at night to light this parking lot in what would otherwise be a naturally dark area.|
|April James||Hopewell Township||please dont let this developement occur, it will have a negative impact on the environment and tranquility of this beautiful area|
|Jenine Lansing||Other||The environmental impact of this project is absolutely devastating. Please do not allow it to proceed.|
|Angelo Mastrosimone||Hopewell Township||Hotel will cause a very negative impact on a peaceful, rural, unique, one of a kind historic areas of NJ. |
Fiddlers Cree, Titusville area was never designed or can it accommodate a hotel with 25-30 employees – includes full and part time personal, maintenance people etc.
Shortest route to the proposed hotel from north and eastern NJ is via route 579, Church Road and down Fiddlers Creek.
Visitors, restaurant supply trucks, employees etc. increases traffic will beyond what the area can accommodates. Fiddlers Creek road is narrow and does NOT have a shoulder. A medium to large size truck causes a car coming Anyone walking, hiking or driving living impact on the residents of Fiddlers Creek our families and children.
Supply trucks delivering food, liquor, hotel supplies will use Fiddlers Creek as the shortest route to the hotel. Increase in traffic by wide trucks, visitors, employees – 25-40 imposes and extreme danger to hikers, cyclists and residents. There is NO shoulder on Fiddlers Creek which makes matters even worse. Truck or large vehicle coming in the opposite direction must come to almost a complete stop – move to the edge of the culvert in order to allow the opposing vehicle to pass. Hikers and walkers on Fiddlers line up in single file close to the ditch to avoid being struck by vehicles. Our area should remain as it is, untouched, beautiful and peaceful. Any change with increase traffic poses a danger to the residents and our children. No change is best – strongly oppose to hotel.
|Jaime Hallowell||Hopewell Township|
|Mariann Fuca||Other||Our open spaces, areas of natural beauty, and animal habitats are quickly disappearing. Let’s help to preserve them while we still have the opportunity to do so.|
|IRENE NEWMAN||Hopewell Township||I protest this new action that is proposed for a hotel,etc.|
|Marian Labos||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||I have grave concerns about the proposal in particular the second phase of this development proposal. I understand ‚Äúredevelopment‚Äù and ‚Äúrateables‚Äù. How will migrating animals be protected? What will be done about the turtle population as more drivers come into this area? How will light pollution be mitigated? We are in a corridor for migrating birds, dragonflies and butterflies. How will hikers be protected from drivers and from the development on the adjacent property that removes any semblance of remoteness. How will the proposed development protect ground water? What happens if this variance isn‚Äôt granted‚Ä¶.nothing. You have a property investor who took a gamble and it doesn‚Äôt work out. This investment would serve a very small elite population at the expense of the many creatures and plants and humans learning to co-exist with their environment.|
|Aurelle Sprout||Other||My husband, James Hake, and I strongly urge you to keep this free of commercial enterprise! Give nature snd wildlife a chance!!!|
|Daniel Reed||Hopewell Township|
|Brad Taylor||Hopewell Township|
|Susan Glezman||Hopewell Township||Please stop hotel|
|Edward Tetelman||Other||Fiddler’s Creek Road is not appropriate for a commercial hotel. Hopewell needs to maintain its open space and protect this area from large scale development.|
|Laurie Babicki||Hopewell Township||We live on Cedar Lane, one street over from This property. This is a residential area with no support infrastructure for water and septic – please do what is needed to stop this project. The aquifer will not be able to support 27 bathrooms and laundry. In addition we need to minimize stress to wildlife in this wonderful area – thank you.|
|Thomas Browne||Hopewell Township||Not a commercial area|
|Marc Covitz||Other||Stop the building and development. I live in Ewing, off Federal City Rd and on the border of Hopewell. The building of the apartments on Federal City Rd sickens me and developing the Hollystone Manor will destroy the natural environment that the taxpayers have preserved in Baldpate Mohntain and the surrounding area.|
|Daric Apai||Other||Ewing, impacted by this and the destruction of beautiful history and the environmental impact.|
|Jenifer Burghardt||Hopewell Township||The road is too small to accommodate more traffic than it already has.|
|Elen Chicarelli||Other||We live in New Hope but are familiar with Hopewell and love it.|
Let’s preserve and respect what is left of our beautiful land.
Please do not approve this proposal.
|Anastazja Panek-Tobin||Hopewell Township||We need to be preserving this historic land and building.|
|Brent Stratton||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||A hotel is a completely unsuitable use of the Holystone property for all of the reasons mentioned in various articles. It should not happen.|
|Arlene Ceterski||Other||I strongly oppose the plan to turn the Hollystone Manor preserve into a hotel, restautant, etc. For environmental reasons we need to preserve open space and preserves for future generations. It is not a permitted use for this property. Although I am not from your township , I consider NJ my state and overall there is too much commercial development. I enjoy driving and walking around the open preserves this State has. If your local area needs another hotel and retaurant are there not other vacant, already developed properties which can be used for this purpose? Mother Nature needs to protect the open green space we have for the good of all of us.|
|Sarah Major||Hopewell Township||The light pollution around the township is already rapidly increasing.|
Let’s not light up Fiddlers Creek Rd,too.
|Gabrielle Bedor||Hopewell Township|
|Diane Kramer||Hopewell Township|
|Steve Reenstra||Other||Preserve our environment and history!|
|Olgs Tashchuk||Hopewell Township||This development should not be permitted as the additional traffic would adversely affect the nature preserves of Bald Pate Mt. The area is environmentally sensitive which is the reason the preserves were established in the first place! The area needs preservation, NOT development!|
|Katherine E Dresdner||Hopewell Township||We need to protect the valuable habitat on Baldpate. The lots abutting the manor lot are managed for conservation. The application for a variance to build a spa on Baldpate is ridiculous. Baldpate is clearly zoned MRC. Vote to protect the natural beauty of Hopewell Township.|
|Cathy Weber||Other||This historic property should never be developed. I strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. It is not a permitted use in the Mountain Resource District and variances to allow it should not be granted.|
|Billie Jo Tees||Hopewell Township||We‚Äôve lived here 20 years plus and are upset and angry at the over development. The cost for the environment, animals, people who love in the township is not acceptable.|
|Joan Arkuszewski||Hopewell Township|
|Beth Kimber||Other||Please preserve the history and open space here!|
|Chris Constance||Hopewell Township||It’s preserve area! Trafic, it shouldn’t even be considered in such a place.|
Just horrible greed.
|Torey King||Hopewell Township|
|Shubhangi Khatu||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||Please do not commercialize residential zones in our district. Increased traffic will not be good in this area. Meanwhile Hopewell still has to still build Affordable Housing and not incur a large fine.|
|Tom Miller||Other||I strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. It is not a permitted use in the Mountain Resource District and variances to allow it should not be granted. Let’s protect this treasured preserve, not exploit it!|
|Tiffany Willner||Other||We hike there regularly specifically to view the wildlife.|
|Joy Yavelow||Other||I live near the border of Ewing and Hopewell Township, and so have a strong interest in the area this hotel would impact. The natural wilderness is important to protect environmentally as well as for resident‚Äôs peace and tranquility. Let‚Äôs not destroy the very thing that makes the area appealing! No to the hotel!|
|Lynne Oleski||Hopewell Township|
|Alice Macnow||Other||I believe that the crisis of birds and other wildlife going extinct is happening right here in Mercer county. Preserving areas such as Baldpate Mt and keeping out commercial buildings and cars will help our small corner of NJ. Please reject the proposed hotel. Thank you.|
|MaryEllen Smolar||Hopewell Township||Totally against it.|
|Angelina Duggan||Hopewell Township|
|Irina Shchemelev||Hopewell Township|
|Leona and George Fluck||Other|
|Roger Haight||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||I lived on Fiddlers Creek Road for 10 years and worked on the Hopewell Township Planning Board when the Mountain Conservation Districting was developed. This land use is totally inappropriate for the zoning, the road will not sustain the increased traffic, and variances should not be approved. There is no way that proposed variances in land use should be approved as better for the common good. Hopewell Township Committee, Planning Board, and Mayor: shame on all of you for even considering that this could be a good idea‚Äî it is a no-brainer. You have unilaterally brought on the massive development behind ShopRite as the solution to satisfy the affordable housing pinch you were in. Why are you even considering this?|
|Janine Nemitz||Hopewell Township||It is much more important to preserve the historic integrity of Hopewell Township than to use it for financial gain!|
|Karen Leon||Hopewell Township||Hollystone is part of a highly sensitive, environmental area in the Mountain Resource District, a residential-only district designed to protect the endangered flora and fauna of the Fiddlers Creek and Ted Stile‚Äôs preserves, Bald Pate Mountain and neighbors‚Äô properties.|
|Jonathan Nance||Hopewell Township||There is back room dealings going on. Stop this hotel.|
|Sue Dupre||Hopewell Township||I urge the Zoning Board to deny the variances requested for the Holystone Manor project. Commenters on this petition have made an overwhelming case against granting the variances, including the following comments:|
1) It is not fair to grant variances in this case when multi-generational Pleasant Valley farm families are not allowed to subdivide their properties due to the environmental sensitivity of the Mountain Resource Conservation District (Rukenstine).
2) The land in the vicinity of Hollystone is ecologically fragile and, more than 20 years of species documentation support efforts to limit development there. The proposed changes are extremely inappropriate for land that is recognized as central New Jersey‚Äôs most important ecological treasure. (Sziber)
3) See the lengthy comments submitted by Fairfax Hutter.
4) See the highly detailed and pertinent argument made by the Washington Crossing Audubon Society at https://www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org/information/baldpate-mountain-iba/the-hopewell-hotel/.
5) One of the commenters made a comment about entertainment-related noise in residential areas and cited Hopewell Valley Vineyards. I note that I live on Woosamonsa Rd and also can easily hear the bands playing at HVV.
Our opposition to the variances is not a Not-In-My-BackYard response. Our objections are well-founded, well-argued, and cover a wide array of relevant and essential issues. The case against the variances is so strong that a decision should be made immediately. Please deny the variances ASAP.
|Mary Wagner||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||Stop rezoning and granting variances for more development and start thinking about the future of the planet for our children.|
|Alexandra Radbil||Other||Beautiful landscapes, critical habitat, spiritual sanctuary are what makes this area special. Development of the sort outlined in the proposal will jeopardize all of this. An event destination is antithetical to the spirit of this special and unique place. Please protect it.|
|Joanne Pannone||Other||This is inappropriate development for this parcel. The conservation easement needs to be honored to preserve wildlife and environment.|
|Alicia Lambert||Hopewell Township||Stop the overbuilding! How does this benefit the community?|
|Susan Muncie||Hopewell Township||This is so unnecessary, why is this even being considered? Our Township Committee and Zoning Board are experts at rezoning environmentally sensitive areas and destroying fragile ecosystems. Please stop.|
|Tracy Zarodnansky||Hopewell Township|
|Valerie Tucci||Other||NJ Land Use Law, specifically The Medici v. BPR Co. case, states that a variance application for a commercial use does not inherently serve the public good as is required for a variance to be issued. Instead the applicant must prove, and the board must specifically find, that the use promotes the general welfare because the proposed site is particularly suitable for the proposed use. This is not the case for this site since there are numerous other sites that could better be used for a commercial hotel. The only general welfare that this application creates is revenue for the property owner. The negative factors – traffic, ecology, property value, etc. definitely outweigh any positive factors and a variance grant could easily be challenged in Mercer County Court.|
|judy olukotun||Hopewell Township||The environmental impact will be too significant for the protected area around. it. I can understand the desire, but , sorry not the best place at all.|
|Lucas Smith||Hopewell Township|
|Janneke Vanderree||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Benjamin Lovvoll||Other||I frequently visit Hopewell and the Fiddlers Creek area. I strongly believe that this development would be far more harmful than beneficial.|
|Vikki Lovvoll||Other||I live in Lawrence township on the Pennington/Hopewell border and my children attended The Pennington School. I am a supporter of the watershed and oppose this building. Consider finding/renovating a historic building in need of repair or modernization instead and leave our natural resources untouched!! Plenty of existing building in need to renovation would be a double bonus!!|
|Paul Duffy||Other||I don‚Äôt live in the area but I love to visit. It‚Äôs a beautiful area, and an unnecessary hotel will only take away from that. That‚Äôs not to mention all the environmental concerns of an industrial building project and increased traffic to the area.|
|Monica Lao||Hopewell Township||stop hotel!|
|Peggy Vurgason||Other||As much as I would love to see Holly Stone become alive again, a hotel is not the answer. Fiddler’s Creek Rd is far too narrow and winding to accommodate the traffic a hotel would produce. It is an accident waiting to happen. I travel Fiddler’s Creek Rd daily, as my horses are boarded on Fiddler’s Creek Rd.|
|Neera kapoor||Hopewell Township|
|kathleen coffey||Hopewell Township||It is so important to preserve our natural environment where our people and wildlife can coexist. Destroying habitat and the sacred historic space is against our roots. We need to find peace in our hometown area.|
|JOSEPH BRUCATO||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||We don’t need any more traffic or the problem this will cause with are place’s of busness, i am totally on board to say we don’t need or want it.|
|Vera Pschenyczny||Hopewell Township||The serene beauty and majestic panorama of this unique community is irreplaceable! No way! Never, I say!!! The zoning board of Hopewell Twp. must consider the interest, love, investment and security of its residents first, before “caving in” to the changeable whims of the marketplace (and other pressures) ! If it’s not the Philadelphia developer, then it’ll be a New York “gold digger”, or a Chicago prospector–all salivating to reap a fortune in the building and operation of something this unique–at the undeniable EXPENSE of the unprotected, unarmed, property owners, supporters, and lovers of Washington Crossing State Park/Hopewell! I thought this was a protected historic area originally, when I bought my home here, in 1992. What happened? We must fight to keep what is rightfully ours, in it’s preserved beauty and historic dignity!!! If we do not fight, who will? If not now, when? I say, LET’S GO!|
|Marie Verna||Hopewell Township||The Zoning Board has one decision to make: Should they grant this applicant who needs commercial zoning in order to be profitable? The answer is clear–absolutely not.|
|Teresa Nakra||Hopewell Township||This is a sensitive historical and ecological site that is worth preserving; it is likely that this development would damage the location. (For what it’s worth, the local school bus driver has said that it is extremely difficult to navigate Fiddler’s Creek Road in general, especially in winter weather. I have no doubt that increased commercial traffic would require significant adjustments to the road to ensure public safety.)|
|Phyllis Warren||Other||This important and fragile ecosystem must be preserved. The proposed development will destroy it, create additional problems, including, but going beyond the environmental damage. This short-sighted approach should be rejected.|
|Daniel Ashton||Other||The reasons are numerous: Environmental concerns, a precious recreational area, and financial outsiders with absolutely no concern for the locals and citizens of Mercer and Hunterdon counties. This area was/is already zoned residential for sensible farsighted reasons. Now a large potential tax revenue comes before the zoning board seeking a variance. What was once a prudent zoning decision may be trumped by the lure of a substantial tax base from outside money. The citizens of Fiddlers Creek Road were not expecting the zone variance when they purchased their homes. The road is not suited for the substantial increase in traffic and heavy construction equipment needed for this environmentally sensitive project. Does local government care more about money or the citizens that elected them into office?|
|Paul Babicki||Hopewell Township||This is wrong in every way|
|Susan Carter||Other||I don‚Äôt live in Hopewell but I do spend quite a lot of time there. This takes away what I love about Hopewell.|
|Jamie Tanguay||Hopewell Township||I grew as a resident of Fiddler‚Äôs Creek Road‚Ä¶my childhood was spent exploring the woods and creek. The natural beauty of this road should be retained and preserved‚Ä¶Please protect the beauty of this area!|
|Max Schmidt||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. It is not a permitted use in the Mountain Resource District and variances to allow it should not be granted. Save the manor! Hopewell has decided to turn the rural area I enjoy into the exact opposite, JUST SAY NO!!|
|Wendy Yazujian||Hopewell Township||Please protect the tranquility and beauty of Hollystone and Fiddlers Creek Road by defeating this proposal.|
|Tim Nayfield||Hopewell Township||Our family loves walking the peaceful trails and fields at Fiddlers Creek and Baldpate Mountain. This is a beautiful oasis in our community and this area does not need this commercial endeavor.|
|Stacy Purcaro||Other||I live just across the river in Washington Crossing. This area is one of the few remaining places where we go to seek solitude and enjoy nature. Please keep it this way.|
|Kimberly Majkowski||Hopewell Township||Not an appropriate location for such project!|
No benefits for the community!
|Patricia Haneman||Other||Please reconsider. The scale is too too large.|
|David Speis||Hopewell Township||Placing a commercial entity in the middle of a preserved are completely destroys the natural aspects of the area while dramatically increasing the amount of automobile traffic, unwanted noise and heavy truck presence on these lightly traveled roads. |
This building would be a great candidate for a nature center and a potential home for conservation oriented organizations.
|Teri Hoppe||Hopewell Township|
|Zach Nichols||Hopewell Township||Fucking stop. This is pathetic and will benefit absolutely no one except the owner and partners‚Ä¶ and no one needs to stay in a hotel in Mercer county‚Ä¶ there is absolutely no reason to travel here unless visiting someone in the hospital or meeting with big pharma. And we have hotels to accommodate them. Shit there‚Äôs a new border up on in downtown Trenton. This and the airport are fucking dumb. There is nothing here|
|Andrew Niederer||Hopewell Township|
|James Yost||Hopewell Township||aAzNo more development|
|Lori Daniel||Other||We value the parks in and around Hunterdon County. Altering Fiddlers Creek with this plan will change the environment park visitors now enjoy.|
|Elizabeth Berkowitz||Hopewell Township|
|William Green||Hopewell Township|
|Charles Reed||Hopewell Township||I was a resident/owner of 85 Fiddlers Creek Road until 2021. The Reed family built the home in 1967 and remained there for 54 years. It would be an absolute travesty to ruin the rural nature of Fiddlers Creek Road by allowing commercialization of any kind. Hopewell township does not need to further encroach upon the dwindling, township countryside.|
|Natalia Prokopenko||Hopewell Township||Horrible idea. Instead of preserving wild life we are killing it and letting the richer people get richer!|
|Steven Bishop||Hopewell Township||please stop ruining this beautiful rural township!|
|Wayne Tenneson||Hopewell Township||This is definitely not the place for this !|
|Douglas McDowell||Other||This proposed development is between two well used important park systems and would impact negatively on both. We hike in both areas frequently.|
|Joan and Mark Niederer||Hopewell Township|
|Anna Torpey||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Steve Faber||Hopewell Township||The area of Fiddlers Creek and Baldpate is a treasure to the entire community/region. Please don’t sacrifice this for the benefit of a misplaced hotel.|
|Sophie Eberhardt||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Danielle Di Meglio||Other|
|Cathy Green||Hopewell Township|
|Fairfax Hutter||Hopewell Township||The deeper I dig into the plans, the worse this project looks, more like a country club than a small B&B sandwiched between two adjacent VIP nature preserves, Baldpate and Fiddlers Creek Preserves. |
These preserves are the jewels of the Mountain Resource Conservation district which prohibits commercial use in Hopewell Twp.’s most environmentally sensitive corner. Both preserves and Hollystone are within the Baldpate Mt. Important Bird Area. Research at the Fiddlers Creek Preserve Bird Banding station has been broadcast live, watched, and commented on across the world.
‚Ä¢ 27-room hotel ‚Ä¢ 52 vehicles/hour peak traffic for hotel and restaurant alone ‚Ä¢ 15-20 staff in Phase I, 35-40 for Phase II ‚Ä¢ In addition to hotel guests, public “memberships” in a gym, spa, yoga studio, lawn courts, etc. are proposed to be sold. ‚Ä¢ 95-car one acre new parking lot ‚Ä¢ paving of all 3 access points with 2 new ones ‚Ä¢ 5,600 gallons of ground water/day when average NJ resident uses 70 gal/day per EPA on TOP of “Quarry Park”s planned heavy water withdrawals from north side of Baldpate on Rt. 29 including artificial waterfall and convention center.
Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate has multiple NJ endangered and threatened nesting bird species, endangered mammal records, threatened reptile and endangered plant species. Fiddlers Creek Preserve has multiple threatened bird species as well as many official NJ “species of concern.” Wildlife move back and forth between the two preserves already resulting in frequent road kill of listed species where the hotel plans a new main entrance. Fiddlers Creek is one of Hopewell’s worst road kill locations under normal low traffic volumes (see photos on WCAS website). Fiddlers Creek Preserve is home to a fragile, moisture-dependent plant never before observed in Mercer County and NJ’s most southerly occurrence.
A “Speakeasy style” outdoor venue is proposed near edge of property alongside the preserve. The 95 car parking lot will require clearing of woods and vegetation. Increased noise and light pollution in a “dark site” is also a major concern. Immediately across road from Hollystone 5 NJ Threatened reptiles were run over on the Baldpate driveway in just one month. Rare nesting birds documented to having abandoned territories, likely due to heavy human visitation in addition to habitat degradation and other stressors.
This supposedly “sustainable” operation would be unsustainable in such an already “stressed”. environmentally sensitive area that holds many of Mercer County’s only records. One can attempt to educate, but how will management enforce guests’ activities, especially in neighboring preserves where users already violate regulations?
The granting of a variance would set a dangerous precedent for others seeking to develop within the MRC zone. It is most unfair to those who fought the MRC zoning on the north side of Baldpate.
Please see Washington Crossing Audubon’s page expressing serious concerns with info and photos:
|Matt Mailman||Hopewell Township||My family strongly opposes this variance. It is not safe to walk on Fiddlers Creek Road as it is, which presents a real danger to hikers moving from the parking lot to the preserve. Two weeks ago someone hit my mailbox, and I am regularly dodging cars on anytime I‚Äôm near the road. It is simply not safe for anyone to allow this level of traffic to be added.|
|Lucy Cotto||Other||I loved visiting my friend in Hopewell because of the nature and environment it offered. I would hate to see yet another beautiful piece of land – home to special plants and animals – taken away and turned into commercial real estate.|
|Nicole Rabinowitz||Hopewell Township|
|Catie Vinch-Buck||Hopewell Township|
|Vaughan Grundy III||Hopewell Township||My family lived and farmed this property in the 1950-1960 period. This is such a beautiful area, it deserves to be preserved as such. As much as I support development and progress, that should be done in areas designated and zoned accordingly. A hotel with all the facilities will certainly degrade the area. |
Please do not allow this to happen!!!
|Brian Cook||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Barbara Kayitmaz||Hopewell Township|
|Stephen Horvath||Hopewell Township|
|Leon Pulsinelle||Hopewell Township||This area is a precious nature resource and must be preserved as such. We need to draw a line here. To develop this land is a step towards global warming, an obvious step in the wrong direction. This is a stunningly bad idea. As the clock ticks closer and closer to irreversible global climate change the fight should be getting easier. But even as scientific consensus grows, the fight for preservation gets harder. This shouldn’t be.|
|Bryce Roberts||Hopewell Township||The proposed use of this property, in a residential are directly adjacent to a public recreational area, is out of the question! There is far, far too much development currently happening in our precious township already!|
|Katherine Linnehan||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Nancy Cane||Hopewell Township|
|Sandra Cristofori||Hopewell Township||I see very few comments on traffic impact, and there will will be traffic impact. Route 29 can’t be widened as we have the canal on one side and the hill on the other. There are the same sort of issues on Fiddler’s Creek. Think about that!!|
|Sharon Stoneback Stoneback||Other||Please preserve the history and open space here!|
|Sheree McGarry||Other||I love this beautiful area. I hike and bring my Grandchildren all the time.|
|Kyle Devlin||Hopewell Township||One of the main reasons residents of Hopewell Twp value living here is the lack of development and access to undisturbed nature. Leave it that way! Hopewell is Hopewell, NOT Ewing, Lambertville, or New Hope.|
|Kelly McGarry||Hopewell Township||I am an avid hiker around this area along with my family and am signing this petition to preserve the land for generations to come.|
|Patrick McGarry||Hopewell Township|
|Joseph Bonacci||Hopewell Township||Baldpate has always been a preserved space, as a life-long resident of Titusville I do not agree with a large and disruptive construction process nor the traffic that it will create.|
|Rosemarie Shivers||Hopewell Township|
|Donna Marie Zalis||Hopewell Township|
|Francis McGarry||Hopewell Township||I moved here with my growing family to enjoy all the nature and wildlife that Hopewell township offers to the community. Turning Holly Stone into a hotel will directly change the surrounding environment in a negative way. I also have young children and putting up a hotel will only bring more traffic and tourists that will not abide by the speed limit on Fiddlers Creek road making it more dangerous for my family to enjoy the nature and wildlife we moved her to enjoy.|
|Suzanne Henderson||Hopewell Township||Please preserve the natural beauty of our township and do not build this hotel.. a great mistake in my eyes|
|Melissa Campo||Hopewell Township|
|Terri Riendeau||Other||As a regular birder near this site, I am sick at the thought of what a commercial enterprise on that site would do to the ecological balance in the surrounding area, not to mention that the road cannot handle the traffic this would create.|
|Melissa Rose||Hopewell Township|
|Jon Edwards||Hopewell Township||Such intensive development was never contemplated when the Mountain Conservation District was established. Nothing has changed that would justify such development.|
|Tracey Emrey||Hopewell Township||This is completely unsustainable and not in keeping with the rural nature and delicate wildlife environment/preserve….please do not alter current zoning to allow this absurdity to go through…97 parking spaces, increase in traffic for bar, restaurant, spa, pool and gym members, staff coming and going all hours of morning, day and night, light and sound pollution, traffic, excessive use of water and septic…wrong on so many levels!!!|
|Santosh Varughese||Hopewell Township||Protect the land and house. We don‚Äôt need anymore hotels.|
|Beth Scheuerlein||Hopewell Township|
|Christoph Spath||Other||Living just a few miles from the proposed site I am very concerned about the ecological impact of this development project.|
|Rory Mahon||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||Preserving Nature is paramount. We’ve gotten along without these Hotel Amenities all this time, and we are fine.|
|Mary Capron||Hopewell Township||One of the lovely aspects of life in Titusville is its relative lack of development. The peace and quiet we find here is all too rare in modern life. An “upscale hotel, with restaurant, gym, and pool” would bring much more along with it: added traffic, new roads and who knows what else? It is important to protect the natural gifts we have here that can be enjoyed by all.|
|A Wilkinson||Hopewell Township|
|Debbie Fish||Hopewell Township|
|Sherrill Ducharme||Other||Bald Pate Mountain and the surrounding area is an important open space in the area. Please do not approve this development.|
|Kimberly Hicks||Hopewell Township||No need for it. Enough building being done in the twp.|
|P.C. Keith||Hopewell Township|
|C Peter Staats||Hopewell Township||Preserve the historic value of the area. Don‚Äôt approve hotel just to get a ratable and more tax money which already gets wasted way too much. Hasn‚Äôt this land been preserved now you want to change it to commercial purposes? Does that make sense at all.|
|Catherine Pike||Hopewell Township||Commercial hotel complex should not be permitted adjacent to preserved and precious wildlife habitat.|
|adelaide kuhn||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||We have zoning for a reason. Baldpate Mountain and it’s surrounding area are habitat to countless species of wildlife and plant life. As an avid birder I walk the grounds frequently and shudder to think about the impact a hotel would have on the property. The traffic, the waste water, the noise, would all disrupt the fragile ecosystem. I strongly urge you to reject this zoning change.|
|Sandra Radice||Hopewell Township||Just moved here because of the natural beauty and quiet ‚Ä¶. Please don‚Äôt disrupt this land.|
|Suzanne Dimonte||Hopewell Township|
|Michael Vester||Other||Growing up on pleasant valley road this beautiful piece of history deserves to be preserved and not commercialized. Plus fiddlers creek is not designed to take commercial traffic.|
|Richard Evans||Other||This is an absurd proposal. Who will stay there? It will end up being a white elephant and a blight on the neighborhood.|
|Ray Sziber||Hopewell Township|
|James Burd||Hopewell Township||Keep Hopewell Township the way it has always been: agricultural. The Township Committee changed the zoning on Nursery Road from farming to affordable and market value units. If people want to change Hopewell Township they should move somewhere else!|
|Sam Fabian||Hopewell Township|
|S. Rose Symons||Hopewell Township||As a frequent local hiker and nature lover, I strongly urge you to reject this idea and preserve our wildlife habitat in this sensitive area.|
|Deborah Ricco||Hopewell Township||There is enough construction going on. Stop destroying the beauty that is Hopewell Township. We don‚Äôt need a hotel, there are already several in the area. Enough is enough.|
|Katie Orlando||Hopewell Township|
|John Abbott||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||We must reserve our historic past!|
|Melissa Cavalier||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Roberto Sepulveda||Hopewell Township||As a new resident to this nature abound area, I assertively oppose the ATTACK ON NATURE and HOLLYSTONE MANOR. |
No to boutique hotels and No to increased traffic and air pollution.
|Samuel Manfredi||Hopewell Township||I strongly oppose developing this area and disrupting our wildlife habitat and environment. Please deny the variance.|
|Kristyna Orlando||Hopewell Township||A request for a variance should be DENIED. |
Protect our open spaces and our environment.
There is no public benefit for this hotel.
|Mark Orlando||Hopewell Township||Please do not allow a hotel to be built in this residential area. This area should be environmentally protected, especially as it’s in the middle of the Baldplate Mountain Important Bird Area. The project is too expansive for such an area and pollution and traffic are also concerns.|
|Parita Patel||Hopewell Township||I strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. |
Traffic: the traffic impact analysis discusses a future expansion- ultimate site development is 97 spaces. The proposed development does not preserve the safety and health of the community. The applicant has not considered the impact to surrounding roads and infrastructure due to an increase in traffic volume and intense use.
Environmental: the intense use of this property will have adverse environmental effects and decrease the ecological integrity in the area due to increased lighting, sound, and increased traffic.
|Janet Ferguson||Other||I used to live in this area and there is no need for a large commercial hotel. It would be so out of place and disrupt the entire ecological system!|
|Jennifer Hirsh||Hopewell Township||I am concerned about the detrimental environmental impact of this project. This property, which is zoned for residential use, is adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas. There is no need to grant a variance for commercial use to out of state developers. Their financial gain is our quality-of-life loss.|
|Michael Pressel||Hopewell Township||Zoning districts are established with specific rules to meet desired objectives i.e. environmental, economic, personal safety, habitability, etc. These considerations are carefully thought out when zoning districts are established. |
Zoning variances should only be considered if a project can create a “greater good” for the community with the assurance there will be no deleterious effects on the environment and citizenry – basically they should not impinge the basic tenets that were desired when the zoning district was originally established.
Since this project is unwanted by the community, will not provide substantial benefit to the community, and cannot be achieved without adverse environmental effects, there is no basis on which to approve a variance application and it should therefore should be denied.
|Gina DePhillips||Hopewell Township|
|Faith Paul||Hopewell Township||I worked for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the Manor was a heavily surveyed biological area for us. It‚Äôs a beautiful space that should be protected rather than developed.|
|James Hake||Other||I strongly urge you to leave this property, this land protected!!! Wildlife, including endangered ones, rare plants, our water, and air would be adversely affected. Protect the legislation already there to keep this space safe from development!!!|
|Janet Pressel||Hopewell Township||There are plenty of commercially zoned areas within Hopewell. There is no need to convert a residentially zoned property for this purpose – especially one in an environmentally sensitive area.|
|Beth Anne Stuebe||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||As an avid, local hiker, I know that the area is beyond sensitive in terms of flora and fauna; allowing this hotel to be built, would be an abject failure to protect the surrounding areas.|
|Theresa Lawton||Hopewell Township||The rezoning has to stop and we need to protect the environment. This request is certainly not what is best for this area.|
|Patricia Freeland||Hopewell Township||The applicant cannot meet any of the requirements for a use variance and the request for a variance should be denied. |
The proposed uses are incompatible with the well thought out purposes of the MRC (Mountain Resource Conservation) zoning designation for the property at issue and would fly in the face of the intent of the Ordinance.
The property can and should be used only for the residential uses permitted in MRC areas, and no valid reasons can be shown to justify straying from that requirement here.
The project would result in minimal beneficial effects for the public good – – rather, only for the developer. Further, whatever negligible public benefits might be shown are far outweighed by the numerous detrimental effects that would result from a grant of the variance.
Hopewell Township has been a leader in the preservation of open space and protection of the ecology and should continue to do so by safeguarding the Township‚Äôs precious assets at risk here, and supporting the public good, in the context of this zoning case
|Brian Hersh||Hopewell Township|
|Debra Hodge||Hopewell Township||The peace, quiet, natural habitat and wildlife of this site are precious. |
Do Not Disturb this fragile ecosystem!!
|Joanne Wynne Hoffmann||Hopewell Township||An emphatic NO to a hotel and development of property in this area.|
|Jen Re||Hopewell Township||Our little town is being built up so much, it‚Äôs not meant for all this traffic. We live in a rural town stop making it more than that. If you want the city life go find it, don‚Äôt bring it here! Think about what you are doing to the wildlife. There are so many dead animals on the side of the road because us humans taking away their homes. Fiddlers Creek rd isn‚Äôt meant to have that Kind of traffic. It‚Äôs not the right location for a hotel. Baldpate Mountain is a beautiful historical little spot in our town, let‚Äôs not take the Beaty away with an outrageous hotel.|
|Justin Jackson||Hopewell Township||Enough with the over development of Hopewell township. Preserve our landmarks and land.|
|Julie Roach||Hopewell Township||My husband and I moved to this area 5 yrs ago and frequently hiked the area. We now have 2 little girls we hope will be on those same trails with us for years to come.|
|Katelyn Stevens||Hopewell Township|
|Linda Balto||Hopewell Township|
|Kim Robinson||Hopewell Township||We endanger enough flora and fauna by construction projects in this township, and we are seeing the mounting detrimental effects every year. Endangering this protected area would be stupid and possibly disastrous. Don’t do it.|
|Jacques Saisselin||Hopewell Township|
|Jennifer Belmont||Hopewell Township||I do not agree with changing the zoning of this property to allow for a hotel. The infrastructure simply cannot handle it. |
In addition to the other comments of concerns in the areas of traffic, road structures, well water, and septic systems, there is the concern of noise pollution during events the hotel plans to host. Fiddlers Creek Road is a quiet residential road. I currently live half a mile from the Hopewell Valley Vineyard and can make out the lyrics of songs they‚Äôre playing on an evening when they have an outdoor event. In addition to all of the other concerns, I think this should be a consideration for the residents who are used to the quiet country living they sought out.
|Jesn Boylr||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||Please stop the development of this area , we need more officials just say NO! No more excuses , need to keep this area residential and rural|
|Victoria Kafka||Hopewell Township|
|Jason Belmont||Hopewell Township||I strongly oppose the approval of this application. The infrastructure (road, water, septic) can not handle the proposed application. This area already has the county park almost adjacent to the property. The Township and County have done a fabulous job creating one of the most beautiful open space areas left in the county.|
|Cheryl Edwards||Hopewell Township||Long time warrior against over development and protector of our local water and sensitive environmental areas.|
|Katharine Woodhead||Hopewell Township|
|Georgiana Verganelakis||Hopewell Township|
|Stephanie Scott||Hopewell Township|
|Phyllis Echternacht||Hopewell Township||We are being squeezed by developers. We don’t need any more.|
|Elysia Price||Hopewell Township|
|Tara Popik||Hopewell Township||Open space with limited pollution (noise, light, people, etc) is so important for this community. Changing its character like this will force longtime residents away for good.|
|Todd Weyhrich||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||Not an appropriate location for such project!|
No benefits for the community!
|Martin McCardell||Hopewell Township||The ENTIRE reason for purchasing a home in Titusville was to reconnect with the outdoors and enjoy the pristine open space away from the noise, traffic, constant hustle of everything all the time in the urban experience and live alongside a community that feels much the same way. No one moves to HT for the awesome shopping or resort facilities. Thank god.|
With the exception of the development debacles currently underway on scotch road at wash x-pngtn rd, and further down the road just short of the circle, HT is doing a pretty good job keeping the wolves at bey. Don‚Äôt screw it up now!
I‚Äôd certainly want my property taxes reduced greatly as the value of my neighborhood is likely to decrease should it become a less desirable commercial zone.
It‚Äôs just a bad idea driven by greed in spite of all common sense.
What‚Äôs next? Howabout a Starbucks atop Baldpate Mtn?
Or a Lowe‚Äôs/Best Buy/Pep Boys complex in Harbourton?
|Tim Loesch||Other||I live in nearby West Amwell Township but frequent Baldpate Mountain often. It would be a disgrace to look out from the trails and see a hotel taking away from a beautiful landscape. This must be stopped!|
|Molly Martin||Hopewell Township|
|Jodi Weyhrich||Hopewell Township|
|Stacey Kly||Other||I am an avid hiker and love that area, one of the few left that benefits from the surrounding wilderness. Please leave it|
|Kris Hallinger||Hopewell Township|
|Devon Hodge||Other||Keep Fiddler‚Äôs Creek Rd residential and rural!|
|Michelle Domboski||Hopewell Township||Not an appropriate location for such project!|
No benefits for the community!
|Mary Louise Dahms||Other||I was a 26-year resident of Titusville from 1989-2016. I would hate to see the beautiful and pristine hiking area on Baldpate turned into a hotel. This is a residential community and we are fast losing our open spaces.|
|Mark Goitein||Hopewell Township||Pave paradise and put up a parking lot.|
|Sherry Gallagher||Other||Hotel use and the traffic, noise, and light it will generate is incompatible with the surrounding residential neighborhood and nature preserves. Fiddlers Creek Road is a quiet county road that hikers use to connect to trails throughout the Ted Stiles Preserve, Fiddlers Creek Preserve and Washington Crossing State Park. Hikers beware, you may become roadkill.|
|Madeleine Cozine||Hopewell Township||This historic property sits in the middle of an ecologically significant preserve and should not be turned into a wedding center which is what it appears the developer wants to do. This will bring a large volume of traffic on weekends into an area that is not capable of handling the traffic. It is also adjacent to preserved areas that are habitat for many endangered species and that are used by the community for recreational purposes such as hiking and bird watching.|
|Dan Hanley||Hopewell Township|
|George Besant||Hopewell Township|
|Lori Maffei||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Robin Boyle||Other||We need to preserve this beautiful land, we do not need to ruin it, keep it as it is‚Ä¶Preservation!|
|Nancy Besant||Hopewell Township|
|Jackie Luthman||Hopewell Township||Having grown up on Fiddlers Creek Rd this will have an impact to all who live in this residential area. FCR is a narrow, windy and lightly traveled road which can already have issues with two-way traffic in certain spots. With no sidewalks and a deep ditch on either side increased traffic will make it more difficult for residents to be able to walk safely.|
|Mark Kavanaugh||Hopewell Township|
|Cathy Kavanaugh||Hopewell Township||Hopewell Township politicians have to stop bending over backwards for developers! The rezoning has to stop. The HT Master Plan and zoning laws were put in place to protect our environment. This rezoning/hotel certainly would NOT have been the wish of the former owner, Ms. Saladino, who sold to Mercer County to be part of a nature preserve and protect the wildlife and environment.|
The rezoning that happened in the southern tier and at the circle are devastating enough. Keep the existing zoning laws in place and please respect the HT Master Plan. Our Mayor is an environmental attorney and she should certainly understand why this re-zoning should never be allowed to happen.
|Patricia Buglino||Hopewell Township||There has been too much development allowed in Hopewell Township.|
|Carla McManimon||Hopewell Township|
|Rev. Kim Wildszewski||Hopewell Township||Speaking as a faith leader in Titusville, as well as a community member, it is essential that we protect this land and its inhabitants. Doing otherwise would be choosing capital gain and consumption, over stewardship and care.|
|Adriana Cerbin||Other||I work in Hopewell Township and sometimes use Fiddlers Creek during my drive to and from work. It’s a bit shorter when I take it, but I try to avoid driving on that road because of how rich in fauna it is. This is definitely an environmentally-sensitive area with large numbers of native species that use the road area just as often as we do. An increase in traffic would change that richness and the worst part is, not many would notice until the impact was great. Population decreases are not detectable overnight and take years to become noticeable. Let us not let this happen to this very protected area of our county.|
|John Squicciarino||Hopewell Township||Protect open space in hopewell. Please I don‚Äôt want to see this place go to crap.|
|Janet Watson||Hopewell Township|
|Kerryn Brandt||Other||I live across the river in Bucks County but have spent many hours visiting friends near Holly Stone and hiking on Bald Pate and the Stiles preserve. The area is a treasure. I can‚Äôt imagine putting a busy commercial operation on Fiddlers Creek Road. It makes no sense and just doesn‚Äôt belong there. Tell the developer NO!|
|Geralyn Koblis||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||This poses a threat to the environment. this is not a suitable location for any kind of commercial use. I strongly oppose approval for viariance -it should not be granted.|
|Laura Brandt||Other||I oppose turning the Manor into a commercial enterprise/hotel for ecological reasons.|
|Brian Kelly||Other||Need to leave the nature preserve as it is, please! Too much beauty in the area|
|Deborah Sieling||Hopewell Township|
|John Sieling||Hopewell Township|
|Albert Teixeira||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Bill Van Zandt||Hopewell Township||This is not an appropriate location for large scale commercial development. It is next to two environmentally sensitive parks which are gems of Mercer County (Baldpate and Fiddler’s creek preserves), and near entrances to the D&R canal and towpath. This is a unique part of New Jersey that should be zoned for private residences, passive recreation, open space and historic preservation uses.|
|Brian and Jenifer Gundry||Hopewell Township|
|Mary Ellen Devlin||Other|
|Maeve Pinto Singh||Hopewell Township||The Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space have worked really hard to preserve the land in this area where the ecosystem is valuable. A commercial enterprise would undo much of that work.|
|Donna Brown||Other||Stop! Do not build on this historic property|
|Gloria Nami||Hopewell Township||I strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. It is not a permitted use in the Mountain Resource District and variances to allow it should not be granted.|
|Colleen Casey||Hopewell Township|
|Andrea Bykowski||Other||The proposed development of this property will be a blight on a lovely and serene environment.|
|Colin Montgomery||Hopewell Township||No hotel/commercial enterprise|
|alyssa marchesi||Hopewell Township|
|Regina Dilorenzo||Other||It is too beautiful a site. Leave it alone|
|Garrett Linder||Hopewell Township|
|Franta Broulik||Other||With Baldpate Mountain/Ted Stiles Preserve on one side and Fiddlers Creek Preserve (both Important Bird Areas and critical habitat for threatened and at-risk species) on the other side of Hollystone, adding development and traffic and heavy human activity and noise and lights is an environmental travesty. I lead bird walks there and witness the species diversity concentrated in this special area.|
|Elaine Verna||Other||My family lived in Titusville on Nedsland until 2014. When I heard of this proposal I had to write to say please don’t allow it to happen. None of the area roads can handle the traffic. I can’t imagine how anyone familiar with the area could even consider such negligence to their local residents and constituents as well as othrs who happen to be in the area|
|Kris Bean||Hopewell Township|
|Lorrie Topolin||Other||There are other places better suited to such a planned endeavor!|
|Susan Magidson||Other||I am entirely opposed to a proposal to develop this fragile ecosystem.|
|James Vickers||Hopewell Township||This beautiful, historic, ecologically sensitive environment must be protected.|
|Chetan Shah||Hopewell Township|
|Anne Moore||Other||This area is not suited for a commercial enterprise of this magnitude.|
|Linda Kinsey||Hopewell Township|
|Selin Atay||Hopewell Township||I am EXTREMELY against any commercialization of the Mountain Resource District. Reject this application! It goes against the existing zoning as it is and to allow this hotel to be built will severely damage the area in many ways.|
We can’t afford to compromise our delicate ecosystems more than they already have been and can’t afford to let cargo trucks through narrow roads not meant for them. The cost and new traffic volume would be a heavy burden on the district and surrounding neighbors and would provide no actual benefit to the area. It would also ultimately drive down the value of the area’s existing properties. People go there for the natural environment and the historical presence. The only right choice here is to deny this application entirely.
|Consuelo Mastrosimone||Hopewell Township||Hotel on quiet, peaceful, historic, rural road? Totally unacceptable!|
|Ben Pirog||Other||Don‚Äôt build that shit|
|Allegra Mastrosimone||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Susan Crossley||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||This development would benefit nobody but the property owner. If local government approves it, they must be getting paid off.|
|Jeanine Walsh||Hopewell Township||I do not want this hotel built here!|
|Clifford Reisser||Hopewell Township||NO WAY!!! This project makes no sense. The traffic and environmental impact alone should be enough to reject it. Let alone the water and septic required. I hike Baldpate and Fiddlers Creek reserve regularly and would hate to see the impact this would have.|
|Becky Popik||Other||The area should remain as it is, a beautiful rural space. The hotel would negatively impact the area residents as well as the fragile ecosystem. I really enjoy hiking at Baldpate Mountain and would be heartbroken to see that area damaged or destroyed!|
|Robert Platten||Hopewell Township|
|Janet Eickhoff||Other||Please do not change the historic and beautiful nature of this property/township. The infrastructure does not support a hotel!|
|Ann Donnolo||Hopewell Township||I hike weekly at Bald Pate Mountain and find the road very narrow and can’t imagine that it would last long with regular heavy traffic. I moved to this area because of the wild nature and would hate to see it trampled, let alone what it would do to residents of the area and their fragile ecosystem.|
|Victoria Rose||Hopewell Township||Enough is enough. Soon there will be no open space left for nature. GREED!|
|Steve slobodrian||Other||Stop the crazy building go to the shopping center and turn the empty stores into living quarters|
|Patti Ford||Other||I grew up in hopewell township, my father still resides in hopewell township. I remember when the township was a rural town with many farms and open space, now you see nothing but housing developments and buildings. What happened?|
|Karl Niederer||Other||Hollystone is a historical and architecture treasure, the surviving homestead for the founding family of the Titusville community. As such it has long been deemed potentially eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places (see Hopewell: A Historical Geography, p. 240). Preserving the historic integrity of the Titus homestead and surrounding property alone deserves the utmost consideration in any zoning decision. What the Trent House represents to Trenton, Hollystone represents to Titusville.|
Of course, the negative consequences of establishing commercial zoning at the intersection of NJ Route 29 and Fiddlers Creek Road for the developer’s stated purpose will extend far beyond compromising the historic and architectural integrity of the Hollystone property. It will necessarily require major changes to the NJ29/FCR intersection (road widening, turning lanes, traffic light), widening of the bucolic and now only lightly traveled Fiddlers Creek Road, adversely impact the setting of existing residential properties on the north side of the road and the entrance to the Baldpate Mountain-Ted Stiles Preserve, itself a natural and historic treasure of Hopewell Township.
Development of Hollystone as proposed will unleash a serious negative environmental impact. Building expansion, new construction, additional internal drives, parking areas, and other impervious surfaces will require installation of a commercial-scale septic system and network of large detention basins for runoff that are bound to encroach on the fragile, highly sensitive ecosystem to the area south and east of Hollystone. Consideration of converting this property‚Äôs zoning to commercial use cannot even begin without first thoroughly investigating and documenting these environmental impacts.
This project and zoning change are not in the public interest.
Hollystone & hotel: most emphatically NOT perfect together.
|Cheryl McGinnis||Hopewell Township||Absolutely against this bad idea|
|Michelle Winward||Other||Please stop ruining our history!|
|Christopher Mussell||Other||Please don‚Äôt allow the negative environmental impact from this development. There is already significant construction in both Hopewell and neighboring Ewing. I ask that you vote to exercise some control. Thanks. Chris|
|Pamela Russo||Hopewell Township||Conversion of this private dwelling to a hotel will lead – during construction, and then after opening, – to a great increase in traffic and heavy vehicles on a road which is not made for this. It will end in decreasing the preserved forest land of Baldpate Mountain, and diminish the pleasure people take in walking those paths. The township has a commitment to preserving historic buildings and to nurturing open fields and forests, and should adhere to those mandates.|
|Suzanne Merrill||Other||I strongly oppose the approval of the application described above. It is not a permitted use in the Mountain Resource District and variances to allow it should not be granted.|
|Louise Pontani||Hopewell Township||There are plenty of hotels on Scotch Rd. This is a residential area, leave it as it is!!!|
|Adam Garlinger||Hopewell Township||No way on this development, this will destroy our neighborhood.|
|Mark Phillips||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Joann Ploofbull||Other||It‚Äôs RURAL!|
Leave it RURAL!!!!!!!!
Let NATURE REIGN!!!!!!!
Time to watch the LORAX again!!!!!!!
|Christine Ruhl||Hopewell Township||We need to stop the overdevelopment of Hopewell township.|
|PATRICK SHEEHAN||Hopewell Township||After seeing the result of poor management in Marshall’s Corner in the past, this new situation has a very bad feeling about the new project in Hopewell.|
|Jeffrey Knoll||Hopewell Township|
|Lani Montgomery||Hopewell Township||This is a quiet residential area on a winding country road surrounded by protected land. A Hotel/wedding venue/community pool and gym would add more traffic and noise and has no place on our street. We are also concerned as to what impact such a complex would have on our environment. This neighborhood does not have sewers but rather septic systems and well water. The proposal of increasing the parking from 27 spots to 95 spots indicates that this proposed hotel is expecting over 200 people to be in attendance at a particular function. This neighborhood is not a place for this hotel!!!!|
|Christine Vissering||Hopewell Township|
|Patricia Brundage||Hopewell Township||In addition to disrupting the quietness and quaintness of this area, the biodiversity of the area already protected will impacted. I am not in favor of any commercial project in this location.|
|Tatiana Staloff||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Adrianne DaPonte||Hopewell Township||To add development of this scale in the midst of a fragile ecological environment is highly problematic. Hopewell Township is already pursuing a number of significant commercial developments that will enhance the tax base. As other commenters have noted, hotel and restaurant facilities like this belong near the Scotch Road development, not on a tiny rural road. What made purchasers think they‚Äôd be able to develop the property this way? Why weren‚Äôt township residents informed sooner about the process?|
|Debra Dempsey||Hopewell Township||It is so hard to change any zoning in our township. It would be criminal to allow this on a residential-zoned rural road in Hopewell township.|
|Alan Hershey||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||A hotel on Fiddler’s Creek Road would increase traffic on a narrow winding road, including visitors unfamiliar with its quirks– so I see increased risk of traffic mishaps. “Gentrifying” the Fiddler’s Creek valley would detract from the rural character that the Township, the County, and local non-profits have worked so far to preserve.|
|Daniel Pace||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||I have long striven to be a protector of the wonderful and beautiful Hopewell Valley. While at face-value, many believe that a boutique hotel would be as asset to the Valley. I differ for many environmental and land-use issues. In its wisdom, the Township did not zone this property for such a use and in its wisdom, has done much to aid in protecting and preserving the immediate surroundings that this hotel would adversely impact. The application before the Zoning Board is for a Use Variance. I encourage the Board to give much thought to the negative effect this type of variance would have on the public good that the Township has done so much to preserve.|
|BONITA CRAFT GRANT||Hopewell Township|
|Lillie Rukenstein||Hopewell Township|
|Adam Barringer||Hopewell Township||Hotels in this area would cause many issues for the locals. The need for a hotel in this area is low and unwanted by many in the area. Not to mention the destruction of historical sights that would be committed if plans would go through.|
|Sandra Finalet||Hopewell Township|
|Olimpia Wegner||Hopewell Township||This is a rural area and should remain as such for the ones who made a conscious choice to live here and enjoy the nature and history of this place. Please allow us to remain here as we found it, quiet peace of earth. Build your empires where it belongs, so many other places calling for such attention. Let‚Äôs all fight for our Home, do not allow the floodgates to open for others‚Äô ideas to continue with intrusions.|
|Scott Kolb||Pennington or Hopewell Borough|
|Thomas Cetkowski||Hopewell Township||Although I support a project of this exact type, The Hollystone Manor is A TERRIBLE location for it. Zoning laws exist in this country for this very reason. This project should be closer to Rt. 31 or the hospital on Scotch Rd. Where the existing roads and traffic patterns already support it. With that many rooms, where she’s the waste water go? It travels through shale fissures into the canal and our drinking water.|
|Jen Frascella||Hopewell Township||Building such a public place in a quiet, state park neighborhood is unacceptable.|
|Jaroslaw Wegner||Hopewell Township||I have purchased my rural property to get away, don‚Äôt want to see some developer ruin our area|
|Leah Pray||Hopewell Township|
|Ian Bezar||Hopewell Township|
|Andrea Bezar||Hopewell Township||I cannot think of one redeeming feature to this proposal. This is not meant to enhance the life of anyone in Hopewell or Mercer County. This can only harm the wildlife and plant preservation of this beautiful area. What is the purpose of preserved green space if a variance like this is allowed?|
|Dana Bezar||Hopewell Township||NO TO THE HOTEL! This is a terrible idea/proposal! I don’t know what in the world the township and the buyer are thinking! This road is very narrow and is NOT made for that amount of traffic, or big/heavy trucks. It’s not even paved! It’s just oil and stone! Even in bad weather such as snow, it’s very hard to make these turns! The people moved/built homes here to live in a quiet area and to enjoy the wildlife such as the deer and birds not to hear noise, traffic going up and down the road.|
|Jonathan Conard||Other||Just a bad idea. It‚Äôs a beautiful home in a beautiful part of your counties ecosystem. Look at what you guys did to baldplate |
|Keith Watson||Hopewell Township||I‚Äôm against the development for the same reasons Trap Rock was not permitted to change the zoning of Kuser mountain – this is a residential area and should remain one. I‚Äôm also concerned that this project got as far as it did either with Hopewell Township not being made aware of it, or Hopewell Township not informing the citizens about it. Either way, something is wrong here.|
|Michael Hicks||Hopewell Township|
|Fran Bartlett||Hopewell Township|
|Heidi Kahme||Hopewell Township|
|Dawn Cargiulo Berman||Hopewell Township|
|Amy Basarab||Pennington or Hopewell Borough||I am saddened about this and how much Hopewell township is being built up by developers. We need to be preserving this historic land and building.|
|Amie Rukenstein||Hopewell Township||It is not fair to grant variances in this case when multi-generational Pleasant Valley farm families are not allowed to subdivide their properties due to the environmental sensitivity of the Mountain Resource Conservation District.|
|Eric Green||Hopewell Township||Save The Manor! |
Don‚Äôt let this Hotel Happen!
|Annette Earling||Hopewell Township||I generally support development and would LOVE many of the amenities this property proposes. However I am absolutely opposed to it’s construction in this protected area. It is unfair to the people who live and work nearby, and who take such care of our green and historic places. A much smaller project would be fine, but something of this size is not right.|
|Craig Reed||Hopewell Township||Question;|
Understanding that this was a restricted/residential property, wouldn‚Äôt a developer be mandated to pay ‚ÄúX‚Äù years of back taxes to convert it to commercial use (ie like converting farmland)?
|Michael Kosloski||Hopewell Township||Please add me to the e-list and let me know how I can help. Thank you|
|William Taylor||Hopewell Township|
|Colleen Cassidy||Hopewell Township|
|Carol Mastrosimone||Hopewell Township||This quiet, rural road is not always easy to navigate from either Church Road or Rt. 29. Landscape trucks, almost-daily delivery trucks, and lots of cut-through traffic have had a major change on this road in the past several years. The massive hotel complex will bring uncontrollable vehicular traffic to this complex, let alone, the daily vans & trucks delivering food and supplies to the restaurant, to the gym, to the gift shop, to the hotel, for grounds maintenance, for catering parties & weddings, etc. IN SHORT, WE DON’T WANT IT…. AND….. WE DO NOT NEED IT. JOIN US. CALL TO GET A SIGN POSTED IN YOUR YARD AND GET ON THE ZOOM CALL ON 12/7 TO SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBORS AND TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY OF OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT.|
|John Mastrosimone||Hopewell Township||For all residents of Hopewell, who care about future peace and tranquility of our town, please JOIN THIS MOVEMENT to stop the intrusion of a major commercial development project into one of the evironmentally fragile areas in the Delaware Valley. We residents, and not an out-of-state developer, can decide if we want a hotel, full-service restaurant, gym, yoga studio, pool & patio with outdoor dining, weddings & parties, in this protected, residential neighborhood. TOGETHER, WE NEED TO LET OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS KNOW HOW WE STAND ON THIS PROJECT.|