MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Mayor Victor DeLuca announced at Tuesday's township committee meeting that on April 9, the Board of the Maplewood Village Alliance unanimously approved the current design of the mixed use building to replace the Maplewood Village Post Office. The developer's selection of final construction materials and signage will need approvals by the Village Alliance. Final approval should come late June or early July.
The Mayor said the demolition of the building on Maplewood Avenue would be pushed back to January 2015, so that construction does not interfere with holiday shopping. Work had been scheduled to begin in late summer or early fall.
"They will be moving the postal retail service over to 195 Maplewood Avenue. That will be a first floor operation of approximately 3000 square feet." DeLuca said. "The postal carriers will be relocated to Union." That includes the 27 postal trucks. Local mail will be sorted in Union before being delivered.
Another topic was the construction of the proposed dam for the South Mountain Reservation. The plan was unanimously voted down by the Mayors Council for flood control in the Rahway River Watershed. The plan called for an 880-foot long, 70-foot high dam across Brookside Drive at Diamond Mill Pond in South Mountain Reservation. The plan is being considered for Rahway River flood abatement by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).