Edison, NJ - The Edison Zoning Board gave conditional approval for the proposed construction of 40 apartments by K&K Developers. The 2.8 acre property, located on Horizon Drive, currently has three pre-1957 single-family homes which will be replaced by the new apartments.
The property is surrounded by Millbrook Village, an existing apartment complex with approximately 700 units. According to K & K Developers, the proposed project will create another housing choice in the Millbrook Village community. The proximity to Middlesex County College may draw students and staff according to representatives from K & K Developers.
Twelve of the apartments will be one-bedroom units, and the remaining twenty-eight will be two-bedroom units. The project includes three buildings, each three stories tall. Two of the buildings will each include 12 apartments, while the third building will include 16 apartments.
According to the applicant, the current plan does not include any affordable housing units but will be subject to statutory requirements at the time of the building.
The apartments will have individually controlled heating and cooling units, and individually controlled utilities. Each apartment will also include storage space and washer and dryers.
The use of these apartments was previously approved by the Zoning Board in 2013, pending approval of the site plan. The recent approvals included F.A.R. and height variances.
Some have expressed concerns that the recent approvals are part of a continuing trend of approvals by the Zoning Board of new multi-unit homes.
The Edison Board of Education is presently in litigation with the Edison Zoning Board over the approval of multi-unit residential homes. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Edison Board of Education will be appealing a trial court decision dismissing their claims against the Edison Zoning Board and Markim Developers.
“We build multi family unit developments in Edison. The cost to educate the children and pay for the police and fire outweighs what we receive in taxes. I’m not a fan of any multi unit developments in Edison,” said Edison Board of Education Member Richard Brescher.
The applicant was represented by attorney Bob Smith, who also serves as a State Senator for the neighboring 17th legislative district. “It’s the absolute right thing to do for Edison Township,” said Mr. Smith. “You got this little hole in the donut, 700 hundred apartments around it, these people [K & K] have been providing reasonable housing, good, decent housing for the people in this area. There’s a need because its next to the college, next to all of your work spaces. Its a great opportunity to make your land use in that area consistent and provide a nice housing product for your residents,” he said.