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To: The Governor, the Mercer County Planning Board and the West Windsor Twp Planning Board, on behalf of WW, Lawrenceville, Hamilton, Plainsboro and all towns that touch the Rte 1 corridor

STOP THE BRIDGE POINT 8 INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX BY QUAKER BRIDGE MALL!

Please SCRAP The Bridge Point 8 Industrial project. The traffic study was based on "zero scientific data" per Karl Pehnke, the engineer who has been collecting data on this tract for 17 years. This alone disqualifies the project from consideration. If his best-guess projections are accurate, it is further disqualified as none of the surrounding roads can absorb the dramatic 61.85% increase in traffic that Mr. Pehnke predicts for this industrial site, 5.5 times the size of the entire Quaker Bridge Mall lot, and built on and bordering flood-prone wetlands! The developer's stormwater calculations were based on ancient flood maps (1999-early 2000's), NOT current ones. I guess we'll have to take a boat to the mall on rainy days, since Rte1 is maxed out. Nobody wants 8 lanes of Quaker Bridge Rd, 6 lanes of Clarksville (plus 2 10' shoulders), and hundreds of big rigs, funneled through our communities and right by public schools. If we become an industrial region, home values will drop, you'll be too scared to ride bikes or let your child walk the dog. Quality of life diminished, you'll just want to leave. All towns that touch the Rte 1 corridor, and for miles around, will all absorb the impact of this thoughtless and destructive project. Leave the Garden in Garden State! SCRAP Bridge Point 8! Ask yourselves, how can we positively impact the climate crisis as opposed to exacerbating it? Then commit to maintaining quality of life in West Windsor, Mercer County and our neighboring towns along the Rte 1 corridor.

Why is this important?

All surrounding towns share common arteries to and from Rte 1. This project will negatively impact towns way beyond Mercer County. Rte 1 is overburdened and frequently funnels traffic through our streets to circumvent accidents which will become greater in number and severity if Mr. Pehnke's professional estimates are even half correct. Separate from flooding, due to the over-paving of our state, and the toxic emissions from ever-idling trucks, there are so many more reasons why this is a terrible idea, but the most impactful is taking the entire area, beyond Mercer, and putting it regularly at a stand still so commuting becomes more horrific, toxic & deadly than it already is, while quality of life further degrades. Implore the County and State to SCRAP the Bridge Point 8 project! There is plenty of vacant warehouse space in NJ. Why waste resources building more and paving over what's left of the Garden State? We can do great things with open space in the Garden State, with people who care about the planet and quality of life AND even ratables... Please get on board! Sign today and pass it on now - time is of the essence!

How it will be delivered

We will email the petition to the Mercer County Planning Board members, as well as Governor Murphy, so continue to sign and share until Bridge Point 8 is SCRAPPED!
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2022-11-03 12:25:57 -0400

Last night the Bridge Point 8 approval was "memorialized." It is a formality that triggers a 45 day window, within which we may file an appeal. We are building our legal response and you can rest assured that the people of the impacted communities are not standing by to allow this mammoth error in judgement to come to fruition. Please encourage others to sign this petition, and DONATE to the legal action fund. Currently the DEP and DOT are in review of the application for regulatory approvals. The DEP may have an answer in early December. We have not heard anything from the DOT. There are many potential deal breakers along the way, and this plan is so bad, it just may kill itself. We are working hard to ensure that it does. Please stay engaged if you don't want New Jersey to be known as the warehouse state. Every voice helps and every dollar engages more legal power. Please DONATE today! Keep checking https://stopthetrucks.info/ for updates.

2022-08-19 21:50:52 -0400

CALL-TO-ACTION: The "Garden State" is losing its identity and becoming the Warehouse State because of the Covid e-commerce boom. NJ is within a 24-hr drive of 40% of the ENTIRE NATION'S POPULATION! Let that sink in... Developers took note of this and they will work fast to box us out, faster than our legislators can agree on protections to keep the GARDEN in the Garden State. Write to the Governor, via his contact page: https://www.nj.gov/governor/contact/all/ Ask for a moratorium on all warehouse development until NJ may establish legal protections before another project may go forward - no exceptions. Ask him to Purchase and preserve the Bridge Point 8 parcel of wetlands for open space, and to save NJ from becoming the Warehouse State! Please write him today!

2022-07-18 23:27:15 -0400

URGENT EMAIL REQUEST! There is a deadline of July 29th for receiving public comment and this email address is specifically for that purpose! Please send a quick email to [email protected] and tell them to sign the NJ Warehouse Siting Guidance into law. Illustrate the need to do so by making an example of how Bridge Point 8 has blatantly disregarded all of the guidance and the result is a project that benefits no one other than the developers. Make the guidance mandated so that death and destruction will not drive us from our homes as a result of the lack of respect for the land, local businesses and the community. Stay in the fight and we can win it together!

2022-06-30 19:35:59 -0400

Last night, on June 29th, The West Windsor planning board voted to approve the warehouse project we plan to stop. It is only the first inning. You can still help win the fight! Stay in touch with StopTheTrucks.info to learn who to email, call or tweet. If we inundate the legislators in the county on up to the Governor's office, we will be heard. Like Horton Hears a Who! We are here! We are here! We are here!
https://westwindsorvoice.town.news/g/west-windsor-nj/n/92602/west-windsor-planning-board-voted-industrialize-once-ideal-hometown

2022-06-28 22:51:55 -0400

Tomorrow evening they vote! Sign, share, show up! 271 Clarksville Rd, The Senior Center 08550. Bring your signs and get your StopTheTrucks tee shirt for a $20 donation. Let's greet the planning board with solidarity! Come out - We got this!

2022-06-13 14:50:57 -0400

There will be a planning board meeting on Wednesday night, June 15, where folks will RALLY to stop the largest warehouse project in all of NJ! It is shaping up to be quite an event. Press are invited and early public comments are always impactful! Come and have your comments recorded and shared. Be there if you can! your presence is your vote. A sign is your voice! They can try to silence us... but we WILL be heard! 271 Clarksville rd WW NJ 08550

2022-06-10 15:18:04 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2022-06-04 22:00:51 -0400

The next planning board meeting is June 29th at 7pm (WW Senior Center 08550). We managed to delay the vote and we are not going to stop fighting until Bridge Point 8 is scrapped!

2022-06-04 21:58:36 -0400

If anyone wants to invest their time and effort, please join our fight. Reach out to us to see how you can help. We're doing great - and we need you!
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2022-06-01 20:34:32 -0400

500 signatures reached

2022-05-23 14:30:43 -0400

100 signatures reached

2022-05-23 10:48:59 -0400

50 signatures reached

2022-05-23 09:12:26 -0400

25 signatures reached

2022-05-22 22:05:06 -0400

10 signatures reached

2022-05-22 15:21:39 -0400

The Planning Board will meet Wed May 25th at 7pm at 271 Clarksville Rd (Senior Center), West Windsor, NJ 08550 Come with your signs and support. See project here: https://www.mercercounty.org/home/showpublisheddocument/22915/637812945957400000