FLEMINGTON, NJ – Jack Cust’s plan to redevelop the Union Hotel and its surrounding properties remains on track, and the current plans are essentially the same as the ones shown to the public in August.
That’s the message Cust and Flemington Mayor Phil Greiner shared at a Hunterdon Chamber breakfast this morning.
That plan includes between three and five restaurants that would be part of about 49,000 square feet of retail space, and about 250 residences in one- and two-bedroom units.
Greiner called the Cust plan an “integrated solution” to the problem of the dilapidated landmark hotel.
“It’s not just a high-rise, or a parking deck,” Greiner said. The plan would return a functioning hotel to Main Street, along with a liquor license, bringing “walking wallets” to the borough and provide a “boost to borough revenue,” Greiner said.
The borough’s redeveloper agreement with Cust is now being finalized, the mayor said, and the plans would become part of that agreement. He said they could be finalized as early as next week.
Greiner promised that the plans and redeveloper’s agreement will be made public, and posted to the borough’s website, in advance of their introduction at a public meeting of Borough Council.
An important part of the plan, Greiner said, is Cust himself. “You need a developer with the resources who can get the job done,” Greiner said, and he thinks Cust is that developer.