FLEMINGTON, NJ – Borough Council will likely give the public a peek at what it might want to see built at the former Agway site at its regular meeting Monday.
Officials designated three lots totaling 5.6 acres as an “area in need of redevelopment” in April 2014.
The largest portion of the area is 3.34 acres divided between two lots that face Main Street, Walter E. Foran Boulevard and Hopewell Avenue. There are four buildings on the property that have been vacant since 2009.
The remaining 2.27 acres include a 16,400-square-foot warehouse and the late 19th-century, 2,300-square-foot freight train depot. A year ago, Flemington Nilkanth, LLC received final site plan approval to construct three, single-story commercial buildings on the site and to relocate the train depot to another location on the property. The four buildings would have more than 21,000 square feet of retail space but were never built.
A draft plan sets several goals, including ensuring any project is consistent with the borough’s economic goals and ensuring “any proposed redevelopment is economically feasible.” It should maintain “the overall character and quality of life” for residents and limit impacts such as noise and lighting, according to the draft.
The draft plan calls for “predominately residential” use that will lead to more residents within walking and biking distance of the borough’s shops. Townhomes and multi-family units would be permitted and multi-use properties would also be allowed. A minimum of 15 percent of the new housing would be reserved for “affordable” housing, which would be integrated along with the market-rate units.
The draft plan sets a minimum building height of two stories and a maximum building height of three stories, or 45 feet.
A public park or plaza of at least 4,000 square feet would be required on the Flemington Nilkanth property. That would help meet the plan’s goal of establishing “a central gathering place ... that fosters social interaction, serves as a community amenity, and makes the redevelopment attractive to new and existing residents.”
The plan notes that while architectural variety is encouraged, “buildings shall generally relate in scale and design features” to Flemington’s historic district, and building facades would be “strongly encouraged to use red brick as a primary component where a building faces a publicly accessible area.”
The plan, drafted by Elizabeth McManus of Clark Caton Hintz, cites its consistency with the county’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, a concept developed by the county Freeholders to “serve as a blueprint for creating economic growth and job creation.”
Borough Council will meet a 7 p.m. Monday in the old Historic Courthouse on Main Street.