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Application For Controversial Ramsey Firing Range Withdrawn

An application to turn the old Liberty Travel building in Ramsey into an indoor firing range has been withdrawn.
An application to turn the old Liberty Travel building in Ramsey into an indoor firing range has been withdrawn. Photo Credit: Google Maps

RAMSEY, N.J. – An application to create an indoor firing range at the former Liberty Travel building in Ramsey has been withdrawn from the borough Planning Board, Ramsey Mayor Deirdre Dillon announced Monday.

“Since our first meeting with the property owners several months ago, we have remained in touch through counsel in the hope that we would be able to resolve our differences. Correspondingly, the Council had tabled a legislative response to the situation signaling our sincere desire to come to an amicable solution,” Dillon said in a statement.

“We appreciate the good faith efforts the owners have shown in deciding that the use of the property be consistent with the family-oriented atmosphere that we have in Ramsey and we thank them.”

The application to build a 60,000-square-foot firing range at 69 Spring Street – dubbed the Screaming Eagle Club – had drawn controversy.

Despite plans to have the facility monitored by 24-hour surveillance, and to have almost 75 employees, including full-time and armed security officers at each of its proposed three entrances, many residents voiced concerns that the range was not a good fit for the borough.

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