WEST ORANGE, NJ - Representatives of CLPF-Essex Green, LLC, owner of the Essex Green Shopping Center, will not be seeking a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT), according to West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi.

The mayor recently announced that after numerous meetings and discussions with the township over the last two years, the owner intends to make a major investment in the West Orange community without seeking a PILOT program.

“This is a major success for the community,” said Parisi. “Most West Orange residents and surrounding neighbors frequent the Essex Green Shopping Center on a regular basis. Either by using the ShopRite Supermarket, going to Panera or seeing a movie at the dine in AMC Theater, all of us who grew up in this area or who are new residents know the superb location in which Essex Green sits, and its integral role to the Township.”

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The Essex Green Shopping Center was built in the 1950s and last received a major facelift in the early 90s. As a result of the collaborative efforts, the center will now see important renovations to the layout and façade, according to Parisi. 

He also noted at ownership has indicated that it will meet with the Eagle Ridge Condominium Association and other neighboring communities and apply to the Township Zoning Board of Adjustment seeking approval to add approximately 45,000 additional square feet of retail space at the center.  No approval for a residential component will be sought at this time, he said.  

“Ownership is reported to be considering leases with new specialty fitness and restaurant uses,” said Parisi. “The proposed upgrade will go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment in the fall, where residents can hear the plans and full consideration of all issues will occur.”

Parisi added that “redevelopment worked” and that the township will continue to balance the business community’s goals with the critical quality of life for all of West Orange residents.