BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- As expected, Tuesday night the council introduced a $3.5 million bond ordinance which, if adopted in August, should provide all the funding necessary for the completion of the Municipal Complex project. The additional bond ordinance is expected to have no impact on property taxes.
During the long conference session, project architect Anthony Iovino described the project in some detail, representatives of Epic construction talked about the difficulties encountered during the project and Bond Counsel Matt Jessup explained that the bond ordinance is “not to exceed $3.5 million,” and could be smaller. Residents also learned the project will be sufficiently completed by Oct. 23 to receive a temporary certificate of occupancy, and by Dec. 30, the entire project, including the demolition of the old municipal building and construction of the parking lots -- municipal and commuter -- should be finished.
Residents who attended the Zoom meeting asked a lot of questions about the ordinance, and the project itself. Almost 90 minutes after the meeting started, the council returned to the regular agenda.
Council members adopted two ordinances after public hearings in which no one had questions. The first was a restated and amended redevelopment plan for the project planned for the former Berkeley Florist site. The second was for a PILOT agreement with Berkeley Crossing II, which will be built on the former Mondelli property.
In other business, the township passed a resolution which sends the redevelopment plan for the Stratton House to the Planning Board for review.
Check back later this week for more detailed information about the meeting.