BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – A presentation on Winter Walk, a discussion of Building Department fees, a resolution in the form of a shared services agreement with the Board of Education authorizing an “additional Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer,” at the township’s schools, the agreement with PBA Local 144, Berkeley Crossing, and more are on the Aug. 14 Township Council agenda.
The council will introduce an ordinance adopting the redevelopment plan for Berkeley Crossing, some of which will be on the site of the former Berkeley Florist, a florist and garden center business, and the rest of which will be on adjacent properties.
Berkeley Crossing is one of the many properties that are included in the township’s court-approved affordable housing settlement agreement. The Planning Board held a public hearing on the redevelopment study and, on April 18, adopted a resolution accepting the recommendation that the property was in need of non-condemnation redevelopment and recommended the council adopt a resolution to that effect. On May 8, the council did so and in the resolution directed the Township Planner Michael Mistretta to “prepare a redevelopment plan” for the area and present it to the council.
The redevelopment plan for Berkeley Crossing consists of one three-story, mixed-use, building with 4,300 square feet of retail, and 37 residential units, and one two-story residential unit, with eight units and a basement. There will be a total of 45 residential units, which will include seven affordable housing units, with no three bedroom or greater market rate units. There will be at least 90 parking spaces for residents, as well as 14 separate spaces for the retail/commercial use.
A portion of the site, 663 Springfield Ave., was acquired by Elite Properties of Berkeley Heights, LLC in 2011. All buildings on that part of the property had been demolished by 2012. An adjacent property at 655 Springfield Ave., with a two-family home, cottage, garage, aboveground pool, and farm stand, was acquired in October 2014 by Elite Properties at Berkeley Heights, LLC. The buildings on that property were demolished in May 2015.
The property on 88 River Road was acquired by the same firm at the end of December 2015. The previous owners of that property and Elite executed a life estate agreement, so no tenants need to be relocated to execute the redevelopment plan. The construction of the eight-unit building may not begin until after the current residents have left the property.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting which will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Town Hall, in the council chambers.