SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- A subcommittee of the Planning Board is exploring the future of the Marylawn of the Oranges Academy campus.
Appointed were Trustees Mark Rosner, Sheena Collum and Steve Schnall. They are meeting with various stakeholders about the fate of the property, which was home to a Catholic girls school until it closed in 2013.
At its Nov. 21 meeting, the Marylawn committee discussed zoning issues, according to village counsel Steven Rother.
“Currently the property is zoned for single-family homes, and (one option is) we can just leave that zoning in place,” Rosner said in an email.
He said that other options discussed include altering the zoning to allow town homes, multi-family homes or more single-family homes than currently permitted. Rosner added that the committee has no specific plans for the property and that those would be provided by a contractor that the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, the owners of the property, would agree to work with.
“Our only goal is to discuss all the options and decide if we should consider changing the zoning,” Rosner said.
According to Rosner, village administrator Barry Lewis Jr. reached out to the Sisters of Charity but did not receive an answer. The Sisters also declined to speak to TAP into SOMA.
Seton Hall University was interested in the Marylawn property as a site for its graduate medical education programs. However, the university withdrew its application to the Board of Adjustment in October and “has no further comment,” according to university spokeswoman Laurie Pine.
Among those attending were Rosner, Collum and Schnall, Village Administrator Barry Lewis Jr., village attorneys Rother and Katy Rockwood, Warren Leonard of the Montrose Park Historic District and Robert Adler of the Board of Adjustment.