CHATHAM, NJ - After seeing the revisions made in the draft plan for the Post Office Plaza presented by planner Phil Abramson of Topology, the Borough of Chatham Council voted 4-0 to introduce the "Post Office Plaza Redevelopment Plan" on Monday night.
Council members Jocelyn Mathiasen, Thad Kobylarz, Bob Weber, and Carolyn Dempsey all voted in favor of the plan. Council member James Collander was absent and council member Vicki Fife recused herself from the vote because of a potential conflict of interest.
On March 20, Topology had presented its draft plan in a special joint public meeting of the borough council and planning board. At that meeting, the planners answered questions and took notes on suggestions made by the planning board, council, and the public.
The plan will now to go before the Chatham Borough Planning Board on April 17 to determine if it is consistent with the town's master plan. It will then go back to the Borough of Chatham Council for adoption on April 22.
If adopted, developer engagement and public vetting will be targeted for late summer or fall. The final redevelopment agreement could be adopted next winter.
Council member Thad Kobylarz emphasized that there are two public hearings on the plan to follow April 17 and April 22
In the revisions to the plan by Topology, Phil Abramson explained that the height of the redevelopment was reduced "to reflect the concerns about overall height." in the video below.
Some of the other revisions made to the draft plan are highlighted below:
- added language and an appendix to reflect the local character and details of Chatham architecture
- add theater as an allowable use
- ensured brewpub and brewing were listed as allowable uses
- limited individual commercial uses to a maximum size of 7,000 square feet
- added language to measure height from existing grade
- prohibit internal mezzanines within commercial uses
Phil Abramson of Topology goes over the revisions made to the Post Office Redevelopment Plan