ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Dwayne D. Warren, Esq. will hold a special public meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the status of the Highland Avenue Train Station project grant. There will be also presentations on other redevelopment activities planned for the Valley section of Orange. The special meeting will take place at the First United Tabernacle Church, located at 425 Jefferson Street in Orange.

The City of Orange Township has been awarded $614,000 in Federal Transportation funds for the Highland Avenue Train Station Project. The intent of this project is to strengthen the "cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects" of the nation's transportation system right here in the Valley. The station is on the State Register of Historic Places, and serves a multitude of commuters. 

Planning Director Marty Mayes and the City's designated engineer on the project, Maser Consulting, P.A., will attend the meeting to provide some details on the rehabilitation plans and grant requirements.

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Developer Joe Alpert will be on hand to discuss the status of the Harvard Printing site behind the train station. Site Plan approval has been granted for construction of 128 modern residential units and the conversion of an existing 4 story warehouse into a 160 car parking garage. The 3 acre project site is located at 550 Central Avenue.

The Warren Administration and Alpert were successful in winning 9% tax credits to fund the project in a highly competitive round of funding from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Agency ("HMFA").

Representatives of HANDS will also be in attendance to comment on their high profile Hat City Lofts Project These Hat City Lofts will be ready for occupancy in 2016. Hands will also provide appropriate updates on their recently completed projects in the Valley.

"We are proud of the public/private partnership that will enable us to provide outstanding housing opportunities for Orange residents", Mayor Warren said. "This is another sign that Orange is moving forward".

Contact Donald Meisel, Principal Planner at 973-266-4217 if you have any questions.