The heliplex slated to begin construction in the North ward of Newark is starting to see growing opposition from next-door municipalities. The group fighting the new construction has launched a site and are selling t-shirts at $10 a pop with “STOP the Newark Heliplex” written across them in bold, red lettering.
While I can appreciate air traffic noise — it gets particularly loud in the Ironbound when the weather’s bad and planes are flying in low, the Leader highlights a bit of irony in the coalition’s cause:
[Heliplex spokesman Stefan Friedman said,] “Furthermore, we find it rather ironic that the people of Kearny would choose to object to a Heliplex located outside its borders, while choosing to not bat an eyelash about a heliport currently under construction within their own township.”
Indeed, another heliport is being built in Kearny, but Ceragno said the location is in South Kearny and is surrounded by industrial properties. Unlike the Newark Heliplex, which he noted is directly across the river from about 10,000 residents.
The owner of the planned heliplex is also first-cousin to a partner of Mayor Booker in his former law firm, so fighting this development might be a little harder than the coalition might expect.