Hundreds attend public forum to hear proposed plans for Ford property in Edison

More than 100 residents attended the third and final public forum Wednesday to hear the proposed plans for the old Ford property in Edison.

In February, Ford Motors shut down the more than 50-year old auto-assembly plant, located off Route 1 and Old Post Road. For the last five months, Hartz Mountain Industries has been in the process of purchasing the 100-acre land.

The proposed plans include mixed development, which includes commercial, retail and recreational space. Some Edison residents are concerned about preserving open space and history. They are also concerned about an increase in traffic, which they say is already a problem along the property.

The mayor says residents concerns are being taken into consideration. He says the town is being very cautious in anticipating traffic, environmental and open space issues. City officials say the developers are still in the process of purchasing the site. They do not think they will close on a deal for another few months.

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