BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto Berkeley Heights continues our "Catch up with Mayor Angie Devanney" series. In this week's edition, Mayor Angie Devanney provides an update on redevelopment projects.

We will touch upon the "six primary projects that people care about or want an update on," said Devanney.

  • The most visible project is the old movie theater project, The Terrace at Berkeley Heights at 450 Springfield Avenue. 20 rental units and 4,000 square feet of retail. "And that one is substantially complete on the outside, we're expecting a late occupancy of that building in 2021," said Devanney.
  • 100 Locust Avenue, Woodcrest at Berkeley Heights. 196 rental units, age restricted (55 and older). "That one is about 40% complete, we're expecting late 2021 occupancy, probably more likely early 2022," said Devanney.
  • 91 Lone Pine Drive, former Spatz property, Mill Creek. 170 rental units with enclosed parking. Snow has caused delays. "They're doing minor stormwater work there," said Devanney. "We're expecting that the construction will begin to happen in the next month or so."
  • Berkeley Florist, 663 & 665 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Crossing. 45 rental units.  "They were approved by the Planning Board on February 17. --- So that one isn't as far along as the others," said Devanney.
  • Mondelli Property, Elite Properties Project at 182 Plainfield Avenue. 10 rental units. "Everyone sees that project is moving along. They literally have done their site work. They've got concrete work going on. I think they might have been starting the footings and foundations. But, again with the snow, I think they've been held up a bit," said Devanney.
    "One of the things that Veto had requested was that there would be a gazebo there -- and that definitely will be included in the design," she said. "We got a little bit of leeway with New Jersey Transit to do some plantings in the right away. So it'll be a little bit more aesthetic with a little bit more green space, because we can utilize that area. So I think it'll be beautiful."
  • Toll Brothers Luxury Townhomes, 110 Roosevelt Avenue. 67 carriage homes and condos (not rentals). The closing of the property took place this past week with $10.5M wired to the township. "The developer did a walkthrough of the property this [past] week just to sort of get a lay of the land. So we are hitting the ground running," said Devanney.

In addition to the six projects discussed, Connell Development, located at Connell Drive, is moving forward with The Park that includes 328 residential units, retail and various amenities. The Township Council and Planning Board approved proposed rezoning changes in December 2020.

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