Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich has prevailed in its effort to block a warehouse proposal in Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey. The project, referred to as the “B9” application, was to construct two warehouses near and along what the Township refers to as a scenic corridor. On September 26, 2023 the Franklin Township Planning Board rejected the application by an 8-0 vote. The application had been on-going for over a year.
According to Stuart Lieberman, the firm’s lead attorney on the case, “We are gratified by the board’s decision, which was based largely on noise, public health, and flooding concerns. We are so proud of the hundreds of residents who appeared at every single meeting and provided valuable testimony as well as to why the project should be rejected.”
Lieberman presented a hydrologist and a noise mitigation expert as well as a licensed New Jersey planner to provide testimony during the proceedings. The case was particularly controversial because the applicant proposed two large warehouses back to back, not just one. There were also several residential communities across the street from the site proposal, many of which had pre-existing flooding problems.
Several months ago, Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich was retained in another warehouse opposition in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, which has since been stayed after the Hamilton Township Mayor publicly announced plans to negotiate a purchase of the property in question. That case had received a denial by the Planning Board, which was afterwards remanded following a Court challenge.
Earlier this year the law firm represented an environmental group opposing a large scale residential development in Brick Township, Ocean County. After almost a year of hearings, that contest ended with the County instituting required measures to obtain the property for public recreational purposes.
Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich represent applicants and community groups in land use applications throughout New Jersey. The firm also provides environmental and commercial real estate representation.
"I highly recommend this law firm because they were responsive and sensitive to my needs and won. I chose this firm after having talked to 6 other firms because within minutes of contacting them I was able to speak to Mr. Lieberman himself. Mr. Lieberman and the junior attorneys did not make me feel small just because I am an individual, a mother, and not a big corporation. My phone calls & emails were returned promptly. They listened to exactly what I wanted & delivered. The defendant was nasty and ignored us and at times I felt like this was going nowhere. The attorneys worked well to reach a settlement that exceeded my expectations. Mr. Lieberman is a very seasoned lawyer who has compassion for his clients. The best thing about Mr. Lieberman is that he trains his staff to have that same level of compassion and respect for clients. " - Z.B., Jersey City, NJ
"I would like to personally thank Lieberman & Blecher for their help and advice to my family in dealing with an environmental cleanup issue. When it is a big company and their legal team against a small property owner, I have learned that you need an expert to protect your property and your rights. The team at Lieberman & Blecher did this for my family in a professional and cost effective manner. I would certainly recommend this firm to anyone in need of legal assistance" - C.K., Woodbridge, NJ