MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A 50-unit, four-floor residential building with parking under a portion of the structure will rise on the site of the former township police headquarters thanks to memorialization of a resolution of approval passed unanimously Tuesday by the Maplewood Planning Board.
JERC Partners XVIII, LLC, a subsidiary of J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc. of Asbury Park, sought major site plan approval and design waivers for the unit, which is expected to contain one-and-two-bedroom units.
Although the township reportedly put a price tag of $1.75 million on the property, published reports said a $140,000 credit for building four units of affordable housing and a maximum credit of $500,000 to demolish the former headquarters brought the final sales price to around $1.1 million.
The .86-acre property has been vacant since 2008.
In another action at Tuesday’s meeting, the planning body held its annual reorganization session, reelecting Thomas Carlson as its chairman and James Nathenson as its vice chairman.
The board also voted to hire Michael Edelson as its counsel for another year, again named Robert Bratt as its consultant and appointed Adele Lewis as its secretary for another year.
Joining the board for the first time was John Larrier.
John Branigan was named as the board’s representative to the Maplewood Village Alliance.
On another item, the board unanimously voted to recommend that the current site of a two-family home adjacent to the so-called “Redevelopment Area 2”, that at one time housed the Universal Chain complex, be declared an area in need of redevelopment.
This will clear the way for the second site, in the area of Boyden Avenue, Newark Way, Tuscan Road, and Burnett Avenue, to be added to Redevelopment Area 2.
Township redevelopment expert, Paul Phillips, noted Area 2 is in a commercial industrial or CI zone and the township envisions its development into office and multi-family housing uses.
The additional redevelopment site, as it currently exists, has a church and several owner-occupied homes bordering it and facing Burnett Avenue. Adding it to the redevelopment area will make it easier to access the site from Burnett Avenue and open the way for possible housing construction.
Phillips said some of the criteria used in considering the site for redevelopment include the fact that the existing two-family home is on an undersized lot, it has a setback violation and its residential use is not a permitted use in the current CI zone.
He added the criteria also may take into account that the site “is necessary for the effective development of an adjacent redevelopment area.”
Mayor Victor DeLuca pointed out that the fact that the two-family dwelling was owner occupied and its owner was separate from that of the Universal Chain property meant it was not originally considered part of Redevelopment Area 2 when the area was designated in 2005.
Phillips said the purchaser of the Universal Chain complex now owns the entire site.
In response to a question from board member, Edward Bolden, he said the owner of the complex probably would offer to relocate the families in the existing dwelling once it begins to move forward with its plans for the site.
Township Committeeman Gerard W. Ryan said he supported the designation because it fits in with the overall township redevelopment plan.
On another matter, representatives of 1611 Springfield Avenue Associates presented a number of revisions to their plan for a two-story mixed retail-residential building on the site of a former service station.
Revisions to the proposed structure, the dumpster enclosure, landscaping and parking spaces were made in response to a report by Bratt.