Category Development

Jeff Mattingly Weighs In On Melham’s Spin On Warehouse, Tax Abatements & Development

Longtime Belleville resident and former Roosevelt Avenue commercial property owner Jeff Mattingly helped lead the fight against plans to redevelop the Valley section wholesale in the early 2000s, supported if not spearheaded by then-councilman (and now mayor) Michael Melham. Here,… Continue Reading →

Mayor Melham’s Planning Board Caper, Part I

Since 2019, Mayor Michael Melham has claimed the right to appoint almost all members of the planning board, despite contrary evidence. The planning board’s vice-chairman challenged the mayor’s claims at a recent planning board meeting. by FF3, Lead Editor Note:… Continue Reading →

A More Complete Picture: An Open Letter & Counterpoint to Jay Levin of The New York Times

A recent New York Times article about Belleville painted an idealized picture of the town, especially from a real estate point of view. Here, Belleville Watch highlights some of the things that maybe realtors and politicians would rather not discuss.

Nov. 12th Planning Board Meeting to Determine Fate Of School 1 Property

If Planning Board approves, School 1 property will feature a residential section facing Academy Street (The Belleville Planning Board will have a meeting via Zoom on Thursday, November 12th at 7 p.m. The School 1 property is slated to be… Continue Reading →

Belleville As Town-Wide “Area In Need Of Rehabilitation:” Salvation or Snake Oil?

Chances are, if you’re like most people today, you’re seeing or reading the news, watching the stock market rollercoaster, worrying about how you’ll pay the bills, your taxes, your rent or mortgage, wondering how you’ll handle your kids’ schooling and… Continue Reading →

Belmont Avenue Development: Are Unsightly Mounds of Dirt & A Cramped Parking Lot Just The Beginning?

For at least three weeks now, large mounds of dirt and broken concrete have sat at a construction site on the north side of 81-179 Belmont Avenue, where two large mixed-use buildings with retail/commercial space and a total of 232… Continue Reading →

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