CHATHAM, NJ - Up until this week, the details of the Chatham Post Office redevelopment plan has been dripping out into the public sphere. At the special joint meeting of the borough council and planning board on Wednesday night, it was announced that process is ready to start flowing in April.
Topology, the borough's planner, gave an overview of its 153-page Post Office Plaza Redevelopment plan that includes four-story buildings, a parking deck and other parameters for the 5.5-acre redevelopment.
Starting in 2017, it's been all about studies and public feedback. Now it's about to get real. Topology planners took notes on public commentary and answered questions from the council and planning board on Wednesday. They'll be making tweaks to the plan before it is formally introduced at the April 8 Borough of Chatham Council meeting.
The Chatham Borough Planning Board will review the plan to see if it's consistent with the Master Plan on April 17. The Borough Council will hold a public hearing on adopting it on April 22.
Developer Engagement and public vetting are targeted for late Summer or Fall. The redevelopment agreement could be adopted next winter.
Planning Board Chairman Susan Favate gives her opinion about the heights of the buildings and how they should be determined in the video below.
Chatham resident Fran Drew spoke about the parking situation and the traffic on Main Street (see below) during the public commentary portion of the meeting.
Chatham resident and business owner Tracey Tango gave the most enthusiastic reaction to the plan, which she hopes will allow her to remain in Chatham (see the video below).
Chatham resident Chris Blanc is hoping for improvements that will make people want to shop and spend time downtown (see video).