FLEMINGTON, NJ - Courthouse Square developer Jack Cust went before the Flemington Planning Board Feb. 23 to provide details on his efforts to transform Main Street in downtown Flemington.
The Flemington council has already approved Cust’s redevelopment efforts, which call for renovating the former Union Hotel and Potting Shed, and building 206 apartments and 22,000 square feet of retail space between Bloomfield Avenue and Chorister Place along Main Street to the front and Broad Street to the rear.
The developer still needs preliminary and final site plan approval for the plan, which gives a more granular detail on how the development will unfold.
Cust’s engineer, Keith Cahill of Bohler Engineering, explained to the board the developer’s intentions for stormwater drainage, crosswalks and lighting.
Cust is asking for a waiver from the borough’s lighting ordinance to allow for brighter lights along parking lot entrances and pedestrian crosswalks, which Cahill said is a matter of safety. It wouldn’t have an impact on residential neighbors where no lighting is planned, he said.
Cahill also gave a brief overview of landscape plans, which will include nine varieties of 276 plants for a total of 1,476 plantings, he said.
Resident Lois Stewart asked if he would consider swapping out planned honey locust trees with something more amenable to shade.
“Honey locusts need full sun, and they won’t get it because of the height of building,” she said.
She also asked if the developer would consider shrinking the 8-and-a-half foot sidewalks to make way for a strip of greenery.
Cahill said he’s open to discussions at the direction of the borough planner.
Resident Michael Harris asked if the developer intends to do more soil samples to test for contamination at the Flemington Furs building, which will be demolished to make way for parking.
Cahill said the developer will conform to all NJ DEP requirements, which regulates soil contamination issues.
Architect Jack Raker, of Minno and Wasko, gave a detailed presentation on building facades and parking plans. He proposed working with a local artist to do a large mosaic at the entrance of the pedestrian plaza that will run between the Union Hotel and the former Hunterdon County Bank building.
“The details we haven’t worked out, but we’re thinking a large tile inlay that says a lot about Flemington’s history,” he said.
The hearing has been continued to the planning board’s next meeting on March 9.