Government

Maplewood Post Office Relocation Discussed at Township Committee Meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Township Committee heard a presentation from United States Post Office representative Joseph Mulvey regarding the relocation of services requested by the township due to the redevelopment of its current location.

After deciding that the property on which the post office sits would better serve the town’s residents if it were developed into a mixed-use building (or buildings), township officials opted to not renew the lease the post office holds on the property through November. 

Mulvey indicated that the post office would like to find alternate space in the village which would house the retail operation as well as the delivery service in one location. The current building is 14,900 square feet, but the Postal Service has calculated that their actual need for space is approximately 8,370 square feet of interior space, plus parking to accommodate roughly 50 vehicles.

Sign Up for E-News

Mulvey said they would ideally like to decide upon a new location by the end of September, and that it would take an estimated four to six months to build out the space to suit their needs.

The possibility of renting their current space until such time as the new space is ready was raised.  If the redevelopment is not slated to begin during that time frame, it will be explored.  Mulvey said every effort will be made to maintain the same level of service during the transition.

A question was asked about the option of finding separate locations for the retail function and the delivery operation to increase options.  Mulvey indicated that would not be the preferred route to take.  Another resident asked about the possibility of the post office moving to the current Kings store location if the move into the new building with a larger store.  Mulvey said that option would not provide enough parking for the delivery operation.

Residents may write to the Post Office with thought and concerns up until August 21.  Correspondence should be sent to: Joseph J.Mulvey, U.S. Postal Service, 2 Congress St., Room 8, Milford, MA 01757-9998.

Once a new location is selected, another period for public comment will begin, and people will be able to write to Mulvey for 30 days.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, residents expressed concerns about the redevelopment project. John Harvey asked if anyone besides the Economic Development Committee would be looking at the proposals submitted by developers.  When told that no one else would see them, he said, “It’s a shame more eyes won’t see the plans.”

Asked if prospective development plan submitters’ questions would be answered in public, Mayor DeLuca indicated that answers would be posted on the village website for all to see.

When asked if the list of bidders for the project would be made public, DeLuca said that a decision about that had not yet been made.

Some have questioned why the plans submitted for the project will not be available for public review once the deadline for submissions passes.

The next meeting of the Township Committee will be Sept. 3 at the Police and Courts Building.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

Campaign Clutter, Back to School and More

If you didn’t know there was a local election coming up, just look around.

The annual clutter of campaign signs and promotions hit big this month, with both a school board race and Maplewood Township Committee contest slated for November 7. 

And, of course, the governor’s election appears to have Democrat Phil Murphy all but anointed as the next Garden State ...

Climate and Culture – One of the Key Issues I Will Focus on if Re-Elected to the Board of Ed

September 19, 2017

Addressing climate and culture in our school community - and broader community - is something that is a key focus for me for in my campaign.  Students, teachers, and parents have all expressed deep concerns with the climate and culture in our schools. We must work together to establish meaningful dialogue that allows all parties involved to feel trust and build understanding of all points of ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Stolen Vehicles Reported

September 24, 2017

September 11 - Bicycle Theft; During the daytime hours a bicycle was stolen from the bike racks at the train station.

September 13 - Thefts from Vehicles; During the overnight hours, two vehicles parked in a parking lot on Irvington Ave were entered.  A wallet, cash and a GPS unit were stolen.

September 13 - Bicycle Theft; At approximately 3 p.m. a male stole an unattended bicycle ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Home Burglaries Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of September 19

Burglary - A Vose Ave resident reported that sometime before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, an unknown actor entered her residence through a rear door, ransacked the master bedroom and stole jewelry and a silver coin collection. The Detective Bureau is investigating.

Burglary - A Wyoming Ave resident reported that sometime ...

6th Annual Art Walk & Music Fest in Maplewood on Sunday, September 24

September 20, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA) will host its 6th Annual Art Walk & Music Fest on Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Maplewood Village.

According to organizers,this year's event will feature over 40 artists, many new to the event, displaying and selling their original work, plus live music by local bands all day long.

Children attending the ...

South Orange Chamber of Commerce Holds Networking Event and Makes Donation to South Orange Lions Club

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ The South Orange Chamber of Commerce celebrated the start of the fall season with a Social and Business Networking event hosted by Bunny’s Sports Bar. In addition to enjoying time to network over food and drinks, the South Orange Chamber also made a donation of $1000 to the South Orange Lions Club. This donation was made specifically towards the South Orange Lions Club ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, September 24, 8:30 AM

Kol Rina, South Orange

High Holy Days at Kol Rina

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_5e64dc5648e01803d5bb_fcreoverymonthfb2

Sun, September 24, 1:00 PM

Clipper Pavilion, West Orange

Connect to Wellness

Health & Wellness

Mon, September 25, 8:30 AM

Kol Rina, South Orange

High Holy Days at Kol Rina

Religions And Spirituality

Mon, September 25, 12:00 PM

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange

Rise

Arts & Entertainment

One Theater Square in Newark Slated to Open in 2018

September 24, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - September 20 marked a milestone for the City of Newark, as One Theater Square—the first new upscale residential high-rise to be built in the city since 1960—celebrated its topping-off ceremony at 2 Center Street in the heart of the city's downtown district.

Recognized as the most luxurious residential development in the city’s history, the 22-story building, ...

Last Chance for Free Classes and Discounted “Founders Package” at CycleBar Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ— The new Livingston-based indoor cycling franchise, CycleBar, invites the Livingston community and beyond to take part in the last few days of its opening-month celebration. Free “CycleBlast” classes are set to run until Sunday, Sept. 24. CycleBar Livingston is located at 277 Eisenhower Pkwy in Livingston. To reserve your free seat now Click ...

On the Hunt for Records—and Some Magic—in New Brunswick

September 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The interior of Spina Records looks like it could pass for a very over-the-top friend's basement music collection.

Boxes of records fill the room, and more recognizable album covers—from acts like Metallica, The Smiths and Prince—line the walls. Antiques and novelty items, like a ceramic dog and a pair of antlers, fill whatever space is left. And the ...

Sabattis Saved: Boy Scouts' Adventure Camp to Remain Open After Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board Vote

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ -- The Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board met on Monday, Sept. 18 in a special session to discuss the future operation of Sabattis Adventure Camp, which was threatened with closure.

After thorough and thoughtful discussion, the Board voted to continue Sabbatis camping activities through the end of the 2019 summer camping season. The Board ...

AAA Reports Gas Prices Rise One Cent Over Last Week

September 12, 2017

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AAA's weekly survey found that the average price for a gallon of gasoline in New Jersey is up one cent over last week.

On September 11, the average to be $2.78, up one cent from $2.77 last week. Today’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is 36 cents higher than a month ago ($2.42) and 80 cents higher than one year ago ($1.98).

Nationally, the ...

St. Joseph CYO Basketball Now Accepting Registrations for Boys and Girls

September 24, 2017

St. Joseph’s CYO is now accepting registrations for both girls and boys in grades 2 to 12 for the 2017-2018 basketball season.  CYO basketball is open to all girls and boys who are parishioners at one of the local area Catholic parishes and attend a Parish CCD-Religious Education Program or a Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Newark. 

Though originally started as a shared ...

Experiencing a Meal With All the Senses — Except Sight

Public is Invited to Vision Loss Alliance’s Dining in the Dark on Oct. 16

Imagine siting down for a multi-course gourmet meal. You breathe in delectable aromas, listen to the chatter of fellow guests, the clinking of crystal. Your hand brushes the smooth linen as your taste buds ready for action. Oh, and you’re blindfolded.

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey, one of the ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - September 22 to September 28

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Black Angus T-Bone Steak  $9.98lb (Meat)
Love Crunch Granola $4.99
Chobani Yogurt 5.3oz 4/$5
Chicken Wraps $5.99 (Deli)
Kiju Organic Juice $3.99
Egg Salad $4.99(Prepared Foods)
Canadian Salmon Steaks $7.99lb (Ashley Fish Market)
Gorgonzola Piccante $9.99lb (Cheese)
Nissin ...