FLEMINGTON, NJ – Representatives from Captiva Development revealed their plans Tuesday night at a special meeting of Borough Council for apartment buildings to be built on the former Global Agway property.
The initial conceptual plans, called “Main Street at Flemington,” include 55 one-bedroom apartments and 45 two-bedroom units divided between two buildings. Of them, 15 percent would be designated for “affordable” housing to meet court-mandated quotas.
The developer’s plans state that its objectives include ensuring the project is compatible with the “architecture, style, scale and character of the nearby historic district” and “encourage a unique sense of place” to set it apart from surrounding municipalities. The plans also show an outdoor amphitheater.
The two buildings are predominately three-stories tall. Because they include parking on the ground floor, they’d be about 44 feet tall, architect Jose Carballo said. He described a tower at one corner of the plan as a visual “bookend” for the project; it would be five stories tall.
Carballo fielded questions from a skeptical audience that challenged him on the buildings’ style, the plan’s reliance on rentals rather than owner-occupied units, and parking.
The Borough developed an initial concept for the plan in 2016 and sought Request for Proposals for the project the next year without success, Mayor Betsy Driver said. RFPs were sought again last year - with the hope that the recent Opportunity Zone designation might attract responses - but there was again no interest, she said.
Driver said Captiva approached officials at the beginning of this year and met with her. After resolving issues with the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding wetlands on the property, Captiva submitted drawings that Council has been reviewing for a “couple weeks,” according to the mayor.
Captiva has not submitted a formal development application, and Driver said there is no agreement yet signed between the Borough and the developer.
But, “I would like to see a conditional redevelopment agreement put forth over the next (Council) meeting or two to move it forward,” the Mayor said.
“Doing that just tells the developers that we’re not talking to anybody else,” Driver said, and would allow the developer to establish an escrow account with the Borough so that its professionals can work with the developer on refining the project.
Stay with TAPinto Flemington for more about Tuesday’s presentation, including public reaction.