Vote Due On Church Plans

3d1b2540ac7f418fdb875f90804ece09.jpgCathedral, classroom, assembly hall planned on Midland Avenue
By Myles Ma
Plans for a cathedral, classroom and assembly hall on Midland Avenue are expected to be held to a vote Thursday.

The Syriac Church hopes to make the additions to a property at 55 W. Midland Ave., the site of the former Sisters of Charity building.

First, the Zoning Board of Adjustment has to grant variances for building height, impervious coverage and parking, among others. In addition, residents have complained about the traffic they believe the site will generate.

Several residents described an already difficult traffic situation they blame on Bergen Community College students using the Midland Avenue entrance to the school.

“I can’t get out of my driveway in the morning,” said Janet Mooney, who lives near the planned church.

The church plans to install a fully functioning traffic light at the entrances to the site and the neighboring Church of the Annunciation. The light there now only operates when pedestrians push a button.

A traffic engineer for the Syriac Church also proposed adding a left turn lane approaching each church.

With resident comment and testimony finished, the Zoning Board of Adjustment is expected to vote on the plans at its meeting.

The board is also scheduled to hear plans for a new assisted living facility on Forest Avenue.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall.