April 10, 2012 —
It looks like all the controversies have been resolved for the proposed crematorium to be built outside of Milford on Route 6.
Milford funeral director Kevin Stroyan has been granted an air quality control permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection. This is the last step on the way to final construction.
According to the stone sign at the entrance to the site, the crematorium, called Maclennan Hall Crematorium, will have two units for humans and one for pets. The pet unit is called Tyler’s Treasures Pet Crematory.
“Construction will begin as soon as I get the building permits from the township and get my contractors lined up,” Stroyan said. The township planning commission and the township board had already approved the construction.
“It didn’t make sense beginning the construction until I got the air quality permit,” he said. He expects the building to be finished by January 1, 2013. “I may open sooner if all goes well.”
Stroyan said he intends to follow every regulation to the letter. “I want this to be a class act. I’m going to put forth every effort to be a good neighbor,” he said.
The three units will be clearly separated, not like many crematoria, which are comprised of one open unit. All the land development is completed on the one-acre site, Stroyan said.
The closest crematoria are in Scranton, Stroudsburg, and Newton, NJ.
Even though it is in a commercial district, the site is surrounded by a small enclave of homes called the Martin Development complex, comprised of five. These neighbors opposed the project, even though the Milford Township Board of Supervisors and the Milford Planning Commission approved it.
When the neighbors’ objection to the determination that a crematorium was a permitted use, was turned down by the Zoning Board of Appeals, the group took the township to the Court of Common Pleas. When Pike judge Robert Kameen ruled the neighbors’ case as frivolous, the group considered appealing to a higher court but decided against it.
“It’s just business as usual in Milford Township,” said Borner, one of those who opposed the project. “It all depends on who you know in this town.”
Borner said that some of the neighbors of the proposed crematorium were moving out.
Valerie Martin, a close neighbor of the project and the principal voice of the opponents, could not be reached for comment.