BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This Tuesday's Bernards Township Committee agenda includes presentations by two developers seeking to build housing at two locations with a combined maximum of 466 housing units, with each to set aside 62 units for low to moderate-income housing.
Earlier this week, a release said that public comment would be taken on the proposals during the Township Committee meeting, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the main meeting room at Town Hall at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.
One of the development proposals would be opposite the Lyons Veterans Administration facility off Valley Road, but is not affiliated with the VA, and would be heading toward the Cedars development, Mayor John Carpenter said on Saturday. [Information added]
The other would be off Mountainview Boulevard, which now serves a site for offices, including the immediately adjacent Memorial Sloan Kettering facility, the proposal states.
The township's release earlier this week said that Bernards Township officials have been "working in good faith" to reach a settlement agreement with a statewide affordable housing proponent, the Fair Share Housing Center, on a figure for affordable housing to be provided in Bernards Township.
Two potential developers will give presentations Tuesday on "inclusionary developments" that would mix full market priced housing with more affordable units that would be subsidized by the development as a whole. "At this meeting there will be an opportunity for the public to question and comment on the proposals," Tuesday's release said.
The larger plan, for a maximum of 280 residential units with conceptual plans posted online, will be presented by SJP Properties, owner of Mountainview Corporate Center. The development would be built on about 71 acres, now an office zone, situated at the end of Mountainview Boulevard.
Housing would be built instead of approved office buildings
The property is currently vacant, but SJP already has approvals to build office buildings with 344,000 total square feet on the site if it were to be developed for that purpose, according to correspondence from the development company.
Carpenter said on Saturday that the housing, if it is constructed, would be built instead of the office buildings. [Information added]
The project proposed would include 280 residential units, including 220 apartment units and 60 townhouse units at a density of approximately 3.9 units per acre, the correspondence says. The apartments would include 62 units for low and moderate income families, according to the developer. Access to all of the residential units would be via Mountainview Boulevard.
"These units will be situated among the market rate apartment units. The apartment units are to be situated in three buildings that will be four/five stories and approximately 55 feet in height," the correspondence sayd. The townhouses will be two and half stories and approximately 40 feet in height, it adds. The project would also include recreational facilities, including a clubhouse, pool, walking paths and other outdoor amenities.
"Although the final layout of the project may be modified to account for site conditions and other variables, the project will not contain more than 280 total units or less than 62 affordable units," according to the correspondence.
The proposal stated that the housing project would have less impact than the approved office development because it will have approximately 60,000 square feet less impervious coverage, including approximately 600 fewer parking spaces than the 1,383 proposed for the offices, and would have a maximum building height of 55 feet for the residential apartment buildings that is at an elevation approximately thirty feet lower than that of the approved office building, [Information added]
Valley Road proposal
Another proposal by K & K Developers, would include an inclusionary development of up to 186 units with 62 affordable housing units off Valley Road, according to correspondence and conceptual drawings posted online.
"Valley Meadows" would be surrounded by existing woodlands that would be preserved, according to the correspondence.