riverroadmallNot so fast: Plans for a strip mall across from Palisades General Hospital have been put off, possibly until next month.

The Hudson County Planning Board tabled consideration of the plan to carve out a chunk of the mountainside in North Bergen this week amid fears from some that it could cause mudslides — or worse.

Avak Properties LLC wants to build a Bank of America, Starbucks and Walgreens along the cliffs across from the hospital north of the car wash on River Road (a county thoroughfare). To do so, it would have to remove 700,000 cubic yards of soil and rock from the base of the cliffs, in chunks climbing more than 100 feet.

The company asked the planning board for a postponement because its attorney couldn’t attend Tuesday night’s meeting. The lawyer, Dennis Oury, was North Bergen’s township attorney in the 1980s. He has represented several developers along River Road — and is under federal indictment on charges connected with his interest in a grants consulting firm.

North Bergen has already given the go-ahead on the plan, which still requires county approval.

Residents atop the Palisades fear the development could undermine the structural integrity of Boulevard East. Hudson County’s Division of Planning already has cited mud slides and flooding elsewhere in the area.

From Fort Lee north, the mighty Palisades are protected. Not so heading south.

Look at how swaths of the Palisades between the hospital and the movieplex have been clawed away.

Did you ever stop, examine those developments clinging to the cliffs, and ponder the potential consequences (God forbid)?

Perhaps the Hudson County Planning Board will.


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