Tag Planning Board

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 →

OPINION: The Same Old Belleville Politics Disguised As “Progress:” The Case Against Melham and BetterBelleville

Belleville has seen bad politicians come and go but we believe that never has a Belleville mayor like Michael Melham so blatantly and arrogantly grabbed for power, control, and benefit. Throughout the past four years of Melham’s reign, his running mates on the Town Council have been largely silent. For these reasons, it is our opinion that Melham and BetterBelleville do not deserve re-election.

Mayor Melham’s Planning Board Caper, Part II

By FF3, Lead Editor Note: This is the second part in a multi-part series about the Planning Board and its activities since the election of Mayor Michael Melham’s BetterBelleville slate of candidates in 2018. You can read Part One 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 →

Preserve The “Great Lawn:” An Open Letter To “Real Growth For Belleville.”

by FF3, Lead Editor To Whom It May Concern, I am going to assume you are either the owner of one or both of the properties around the Soho Hospital (the owners of both properties have the same address in… 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 →

Are Groundbreakings On Two New Developments Two More Steps Toward “City” of Belleville?

With groundbreaking ceremonies on two new large-scale — and controversial — developments, it looks like it will be a busy week in Belleville. On Thursday, October 22nd at noon, there will be a groundbreaking for “The Essex” at 74-102 Washington… Continue Reading →

Questioning Melham’s Planning Board Changes, Or, Why Can’t I Get That In Writing?

Can Belleville residents really expect a “Better Belleville” from an administration that refuses to give a substantial answer to a simple question from a resident and taxpayer?

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