CRANFORD - Wednesday night will be the public's final chance to voice their opinion on the application to rezone 750 Walnut Avenue residential.
For the past year, Hartz Mountain, owner of the property, has been in front of the Cranford Planning Board with an application to build five apartment complexes totaling 905 units, 1,775 parking spaces, and two clubhouses, broken down into two phases across the 30-acre plot of land.
Phase one would feature the demolition of the empty office building and the construction of Building A, Building B, and one clubhouse, while leaving the building currently used by the truck company. Building A would stand four stories tall and feature 247 units, 34 of which would be low-income housing. Building B would stand four stories over parking, equating to five stories in total, featuring 186 units, again with 34 being low-income. This phase would feature the larger of the two clubhouses being built, projected to be 8,200 sq. ft.
Phase two would see the last remains of the old property demolished to make way for Buildings C, D, & E, along with the second clubhouse. Buildings C & D would resemble Building B standing four stories tall over parking, while Building E would be four stories like Building A. The second clubhouse would be 5,500 sq. ft. Both phases are projected to be done within a seven-year period.
In February, a planner representing Hartz Mountain projected the development would add approxmiately 1,622 total residents and between 110-135 students to the Cranford School District. However, the following month, a demographer hired by the Cranford Board of Education projected that the development would add 353 school-aged children.
Following public comment, Hartz Mountain will get one final chance of their own to speak on the application. A final decision on the future of the property is expected to be resolved by the June 5th Planning Board meeting.