GREEN BROOK, NJ – A sign erected on the former Atlantic Fence property on Route 22 East and Cramer Avenue announces that a Starbucks coffee shop is coming to the community.
In May The Alternative Press acquired civil and design plans from Excel Engineering and Frontier Development for the property, but neither company responded to requests for comment. The plans indicate a single store, standalone building with parking lots on both sides of the building. Access to the coffee shop will be from three curb cuts on the off-ramp with no direct access to Route 22.
Last month a Starbucks spokeswoman was coy about plans to place the store, saying, “Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers and we are continually evaluating our store portfolio. At this time, we remain focused on serving the New Jersey communities at our existing stores and have no store-opening plans to announce in Green Brook, NJ.”
Starbucks has not responded to an additional request for comment, but the sign erected by Frontier Development includes a Starbucks logo indicating they have gone public. At this time neither the developer nor the Starbucks chain have been placed on the agenda for the Green Brook Land Use Board for the July 8th or subsequent meetings.
This development is expected to be more welcome than the controversial WaWa development on a wooded parcel at the intersection of Warrenville Road and Route 22 West. Presentations at the Environmental Board have seen more than a hundred residents opposed, with many residents supporting re-development of existing properties as opposed to new construction.
Gloria Wong of Green Brook wrote on an online petition, “Don't need any more traffic in that corner. Just need to renovate the existing lots.”
Patricia Solgan, also of Green Brook, agrees. “We already have empty buildings. Use one of them!”
Atlantic Fence will continue to operate out of Piscataway after 40 years operating in Green Brook.