BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tonight the council will send the proposed redevelopment plan for the Stratton House to the Planning Board.
The Stratton House, which was to be built only on the King’s site, off of Springfield Avenue, has changed significantly since it was originally approved by the Planning Board in 2018.
The new plan is for a 211-unit residential development, with 32 units of Affordable Housing, and a four-story parking deck. The development will be built on the King’s lot, Lot 17, and the adjacent lot, Lot 18, which extends to Lone Pine Drive. Lot 18 was previously approved for an 81- room hotel and a detention building. The original Stratton House proposal was for a 150-unit residential building, of which 23 units were to be affordable housing,
Council members and residents got their first look at the proposed change to the Stratton House project during the conference session of the July 8 council meeting.
Representatives of the developer showed the new plans via slide show. Renderings of the Stratton House from the presentation are posted as photos, above, and can be found on the township’s website, here.
An aerial view of the Stratton House and lots 17 and 18 can be found here.
The developer of Stratton House, Joe Forgione, attended the July 8 meeting with Bill Hamilton, the principal of Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd. and Forgione’s architect Tom King. Also involved int the presentation was Township Planner Keenan Hughes of Phillips Preiss Grygiel Leheny Hughes
Hamilton described the changed proposal, pointing out there is a “much smaller footprint on Lot 17” than in the original plan. Lot 18, which is 2.6 acres, adds more land, and the parking deck will be entered directly from Lone Pine Drive, “which allows us to retain significantly more parking” for the shopping center and for Station Court, and opens up 20 spaces on the west side which will be dedicated to commuters, Hamilton said.
The building will be both three and four stories high. The most visible portions of the building, adjacent to Sherman Avenue, will be three stories. The back of the building will be up to four stories high in areas adjacent to the Mill Creek Development.
The entire presentation before the Planning Board on May 16, 2018, can be seen here - Stratton House begins at about 12 minutes.