NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The application to build a nine-story, 975-space parking garage – a structure that would be literally connected to a proposed 11-story cancer hospital – is scheduled to continue Tuesday night.
Hardenberg Street Redevelopment Associates LLC, a New Brunswick Development Corporation affiliate, will continue its application for preliminary and final site plan approval after Monday night’s Planning Board meeting was halted after 4 hours, 23 minutes.
Charles Liebling, attorney for the applicant, made his final comments in his client’s plan to build a parking garage, a central utility plant and a loading dock to serve the proposed Cancer Institute of New Jersey Cancer Pavilion.
The board then heard comments from 11 members of the public before adjourning at 11:28 p.m.
Earlier, 21 members of the public asked the applicant’s experts questions about how the project was going to be financed and how would its construction affect traffic.
Other questions focused on the power plant, which will utilize natural gas.
When asked whether the plant would give off greenhouse gases, Liebling said, “There’s a permitting process that takes place with the Department of Environmental Protection for facilities such as this. We’ll be required to go through it. We’ll submit all that information. They’ll review it and they will approve it, deny it, modify it in accordance with state law. It’s not a matter for the planning board.”
According to the applicant’s civil engineer Christian Roche, the garage will have entrances on Division and Hardenberg streets. A pedestrian bridge extending from the third level of the garage will connect to the proposed Cancer Pavilion.
The application for final site plan approval to build the Cancer Pavilion has also been pushed back to Tuesday night’s agenda.
Cancer Pavilion Redevelopment Associates LLC, also an affiliate of DEVCO, is seeking to build the state's first free-standing cancer hospital on a 519,000 square foot tract at 165 Somerset Street.
DEVCO plans to raze Lincoln Annex School, a 61-year-old, faded-beige brick structure, and build a hospital in its place.
The private nonprofit urban real estate development company responsible for creating the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, the high school and many other projects around the city officially acquired the site from the Board of Education on Friday.
An account with $55 million for the Board of Education to build a replacement school was put in escrow. The plan is to build a three-story, state-of-the-art school on Jersey Avenue.
The continuance of Monday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.