The developers of a highly contested retail center have finished their testimony before a Wyckoff planning board.
Inserra Supermarkets, which is based in Mahwah and owns and operates 21 ShopRite supermarkets, announced Tuesday that it has completed a year of presentations to the planning board, the design review committee and shade tree commission on filling the lot that has been vacant for 10 years.
“Inserra is proposing a modern-day supermarket, not a ‘big-box’ store, as some have called it,” said attorney James Jaworski, who is representing Inserra. “It has been planned and designed to fit into the surrounding community and accords with the zoning setback and buffers required from nearby residential neighborhoods.”
Two other supermarkets, A&P and Stop & Shop, had been tenants of the space, which Inserra says it intends to expand from 53,500 square feet to 62,042 square feet.
“We look forward to addressing future inquiries and collaborating with township officials and their experts to bring this project to fruition.”
The Wyckoff planning board meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Further discussion of the redevelopment of the property will continue Sept. 14. According to recent planning board minutes, issues with property boundaries and proximity to residential properties and railroad tracks were brought by objectors Munico LLC, Wyckoff Residential LLC and Stop & Shop before the board.