Business & Finance

Housing, Retail Plan Approved for Former Hospital in Elizabeth

8507eb6b9330b140718d_Hospital_3.JPG
The former Elizabeth General Medical Center at 901-931 East Jersey Street. Credits: Rebecca Panico
44ac88153bd78b961201_Hospital_8.jpg
An aerial shot of the former Elizabeth General Medical Center at 901-931 East Jersey Street. Credits: Google Earth
42fe10b1a50c474a76b2_Hospital_7.JPG
The parking garage along Lafayette Street at the site of the former Elizabeth General Medical Center. Credits: Rebecca Panico
23452d5d7ddc4d9d2b3e_Hospital_2.JPG
The former Elizabeth General Medical Center at 901-931 East Jersey Street. Credits: Rebecca Panico
3613f1658a2910e1508a_Hospital_6.JPG
The former Elizabeth General Medical Center at 901-931 East Jersey Street. Credits: Rebecca Panico
ed655ba4b1ab408e9448_Hospital_4.JPG
The former Elizabeth General Medical Center at 901-931 East Jersey Street. Credits: Rebecca Panico
8507eb6b9330b140718d_Hospital_3.JPG

ELIZABETH, NJ - City Council approved in late April a redevelopment plan to create housing and retail spaces on the site of the former Elizabeth General Medical Center along East Jersey Street.

The five-acre lot has been vacant since 2012, after Elizabeth General Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital merged to form Trinitas Hospital in 2000. Today, broken windows and graffiti can be seen on the site's unoccupied buildings. 

“Meeting housing needs requires innovative approaches, access to resources and the ability to develop existing land,” Mayor Christian Bollwage said in a statement. “Through the transformation of this underutilized site, this project is creating 267 market-rate units, which in addition to revitalizing a neighborhood, are increasing options as well as opportunities for individuals looking to re-locate or live within our great city.”

Sign Up for E-News

The housing is planned to be above retail spaces. The property also includes a 500-space parking deck along Lafayette Street, which will be renovated, the plan said. The deck will be in an eight-story steel and glass enclosure, a city spokeswoman said.

Sixth Ward Councilman Frank Mazza, whose district encompasses the former hospital, called the current site an “eyesore.” He said the new plan is “beautiful” and will help keep residents in the city.

“It’s what we aim to do for the future of Elizabeth,” Mazza said in a phone interview, referring to the project. “You want to keep the people in town. You don’t want it to be a ghost town."

County records show that H. Elizabeth Realty, LLC., based out of Brooklyn, sold the property to CMT Developers, LLC. for $7 million in January 2016. CMT Developers is based out of Lakewood, NJ.

The residential project may be subject to a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement between the city and CMT Developers, which would exempt it from property taxes for a period of time. An annual service charge is usually paid to the city instead of a tax to encourage development projects that are beneficial to the community.

CMT Developers applied for a tax abatement, but have not yet been approved, Elizabeth spokeswoman Kelly Martins said.

The plan, prepared by Harbor Consultants, Inc., also includes courtyards, outdoor seating, recreation space, streetscape improvements and a community garden.

The plan does not recommend that the project obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, but the use of an environmentally responsible design is “encouraged.”

The demolition and reconstruction of the site are encouraged to incorporate “green” development standards, including the use of “green” roofs. A transit, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly development are also preferred.

Asbestos abatement and the continuing demolition of the structures on the site is also part of the plan.

In 2012, a section of the hospital was demolished. Filomena, who didn’t want her last name used and was walking nearby the site, was concerned with how the front of the building will be demolished. She's been an Elizabeth resident for 40 years. 

“There's good points and bad points depending on the renters,” she added, referring to her concern about who will upkeep the property. “There's good renters and then there's bad renters.”

Information about the residence and retail spaces will be presented to the Planning Board on July 20 at City Hall, Martins said.

TAPintoElizabeth.net is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAPElizabeth and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Elizabeth

Happenings this Week in the City of Elizabeth

June 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Do you what is happening this week in Elizabeth? Here is a list by Mayor Bollwage’s office of events happening around the City.

Tuesday, June 19 - Completion Ceremony 

(11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 40 West Jersey Street, Elizabeth) - The completion ceremony of the NJ Youth Corps of Elizabeth at the Union County College Kellogg Building. 

Wednesday, June 20 - ...

Make Music Roselle Park Lineup Includes Rock Bands, Singer-songwriters, Free Harmonica Lesson

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The lineup for the first-ever Make Music Roselle Park will include two rock bands, a pair of singer-songwriters, a free beginner harmonica lesson and more.

The event being held on June 21, Make Music Roselle Park is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill ...

Freeholder Board Announces Launch of Free Farmers’ Market Vouchers for Seniors

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that the annual Farmers’ Market voucher program for seniors will begin again this summer. Starting on June 25, income-eligible adults age 60 and up can receive a total of $25 in free vouchers to purchase fresh produce at designated Farmers’ Markets throughout Union County.

The total of $25 is provided in $5 ...

Charges Pending Against Roselle Man Found with More than 40 Dogs Living in Squalor

June 20, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - A Roselle man will be charged with multiple criminal offenses after more than 40 dogs were discovered living in severely unsanitary and inhumane living conditions in his home last week, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

According to the authorities, members of those two agencies, the ...

Gov. Murphy still pushing a millionaire's tax, won’t say when he'll sign sports betting, weed bills

June 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

June 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that plastic bags and other excluded items cannot be recycled through their local curbside pick-up programs.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate compared to other counties in our state, and we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Every ...