CLARK, NJ - The vacant lot at the intersection of Brandt and Westfield Avenues is about to get a facelift. The area, which has been surrounded by a temporary chain-linked fence for years, saw heavy equipment razing buildings on Monday.
The work is the first step needed to begin construction of a CVS pharmacy. Approval to build was given by the Clark Planning Board in late 2017. Since that time, numerous issues between property owners caused delays according to Clark officials.
The vacant lot was originally home to Jack's Tavern and a laundromat. The property sat vacant since 1999 according to Clark Councilman Brian Toal. The buildings fell into disrepair and were leveled in the first decade of the millenium. The adjacent property housed Bernie's Westbrant Auto Repair, until owner Robert Gittleman retired in July.
The CVS project will encompass both properties. At the time of approval, the developer gave an estimate of eight to ten months to build the location.