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What Should Go Here: (Formerly) Clay's Garage

Open lot sits on south branch of the Raritan River.

It was part junkyard, part garage, part U-Haul pick-up and drop-off center.

But it was better known as at 138 West Mill Road until recently, when the garage was razed and all the broken-down vehicles were removed.

The property, which sits on the south branch of the Raritan River, was devastated by flooding after Hurricane Irene.

The piece of land is now a flat, open lot of dirt sitting across from a portion of the former Scott Farm property.

So, Long Valley, tell us what you think should go there. Another garage or service station? Something retail-based? Something different altogether?

Tell us in the comments below, and, as always, thanks for your participation.

Sue Underwood March 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I would leave it alone and let it return to it's natural state.
cindy boerner lay March 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Anything is better than what was there....Nice man, but the place was always an eyesore.
Matt Estrella March 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Whatever it is it should be made to please the people who come to visit Long Valley on the weekends. Who cares about the residents?
John March 21, 2012 at 05:23 PM
picnic tables
Richard Ippoliti March 21, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Turn it into a place for fishing enthusiasts. Richard Ippoliti
Lee Moss Filson March 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I like the picnic tables idea. Don't build on a site that gets flooded. What's wrong with leaving the country just countryside? It disturbs me to see people moving here and trying to change what we all already love about Long Valley.
Eileen Stokes March 21, 2012 at 07:26 PM
It is where the by-pass is/was slated to cross the river.
J Hunkins March 22, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Community garden? Secure bicycle storage that you can rent for the season (for use with Columbia trail)?
Gadfly March 22, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Eileen is correct; this is where the bypass is supposed to go. I don't know this for a fact, butting guessing that the garage came down b/c the county is purchasing it. Perhaps Committeman Tobin can tell us. If the county did buy it, it will either be the bypass or parkland.
roger freiday March 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Picnic tables makes sense, and how about a big 'ol bronze statue of my pal Bob Clay? There's only a very few old dogs left that I would refer to as ''LV Icons'' and Bob is one of the last, right up there with the ''love / hate'' Mr. Borgenicht. The garage was unsightly but the epitome of ''shade tree mechanic'' and the way life WAS in this town, before out of sight taxes and school costs, too many cops and too many huge developments. Every time I pass by that empty spot, I get real nostalgic indeed. Good luck to Bob Clay, wherever and whatever - -
WVB mom March 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Why can't we just leave it as it is and 'return it to nature'??? Why must something be built on it? Just leave it empty so it fits in with the countryside.
RGJ March 23, 2012 at 03:21 AM
A bridge.
Mom 0709 March 23, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I Like the ideas of picnic tables or even a small park the community garden would b cool, but if there are tax issues with the town and county having to pay up then maybe a solar field could be looked into especially if there could be environmental issues and the fact that its sort of in an out of the way area. perhaps it could help generate funds or power for some places in the lower valley area.
Jon March 23, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Looks like a perfect spot for some trees!
Lucretia G. March 23, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Trees sound lovely—just so long as they’re kept well away from the power lines.
d33nb0 March 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Nice troll dude...
Carolyn Hanington March 23, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Oh, I was wondering where that would be placed! Thanks Eileen.
Forhonor March 26, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Kayak launch/fishing access.
rusty corvair April 09, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Go Matt!!
rusty corvair April 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Nope...the bypass goes through the middle of the horse pastures a little closer to the center of town.
rusty corvair April 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Guys....it is a flood plain. What ever you decide to build, put it on stilts. Just ask the folks in the little house next door.
rusty corvair April 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I'd chip in for a stature of Bob. Maybe have him shaking hands with Jack lol
rusty corvair April 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Again....It's a flood plain hun.....rushing water would love all that surface area solar panels provide.
rusty corvair April 09, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I'd like to see a McDonalds...
rusty corvair April 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The DEP tested that ground many times and it always came up clean. Way to Go Bob!
Geena Anderson April 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Maybe a fishing site/picnic area.
Sue Underwood April 22, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Add native plants, wildflowers, shrubs and trees and let it become a buffer and erosion control for future flooding/wetlands issues. No need to build anything just allow it to return to it's native scenery.
Geena Anderson April 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Oh, and the picnic tables should be cemented to the ground so they don't get carried away from a flood.
Matt Estrella April 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Sorry for the delay. Thanks d33nb0 and rusty!
Geena Anderson April 28, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Agree =)

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