Lawsuit filed to stop Maplewood Post Office demolition
July 21, 2015
Since it began three years ago, the Maplewood Post Office redevelopment project has come under scrutiny from numerous local citizen groups in Maplewood, NJ. In March, DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State wrote a letter to the NJ Historic Preservation Office noting the contributions that well-designed public buildings from the Modern vernacular tradition make to the historical record and to their communities and adding DOCOMOMO’s support for the designation and reuse of the Maplewood Post Office in particular. Prominent architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman also spoke out in favor of reuse this spring. Now, Village Keepers Inc., a local citizen group, has filed a lawsuit against the Township of Maplewood, the Maplewood Village Alliance Special Improvement District and Maplewood Redevelopers, LLC. They have also filed a planning board appeal with the Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA). The lawsuit and appeal contest that MVA failed to follow its own criteria by not requiring the property owner to demonstrate “significant financial hardship” in seeking to demolish the building. Additionally, the lawsuit states that a proper site plan was not reviewed by the necessary parties before the redevelopment plan was approved. Follow developments here.