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The fight to help save 32 acres of historic wetland forest in Ocean Township continues as residents organize an appeal to be presented at the upcoming planning board meetings.  The proposed Paramount Realty Town Center would require the clearing of mature trees in order to develop a Wawa Gas Station/Convenience Store, Marriott Hotel, approximately 40,000 square feet of retail/office space, a fast food restaurant and townhouse community.  Residents opposing the project are concerned with the shrinking tree canopy for the town, displacement of wildlife, vehicular/trucking traffic, negative environmental impact as well as health-related issues and a potential increase in crime.  The original Master Plan for the township allowed for 13 acres of low impact commercial development not 32.  With gas stations, convenience stores and commercial space for lease already available within close proximity of the proposed project, residents view Paramount Realty’s proposed development concept as unnecessary and environmentally irresponsible.  Recommendations for environmental and legal representation could be e-mailed to info@save32acres.orgClick HERE for meeting information and to learn more about the collective efforts to stop the proposed development project.