PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board will hear from Applicant MBH Urban Renewal, LLC, at its April 15 meeting, according to a legal notice published Monday. The property is located at 1252-1336 Randolph Road, where Muhlenberg Hospital, which closed in 2008, used to operate. The applicant was scheduled to appear before the board in December, but its attorney submitted a letter that same day indicating the application was being withdrawn, with no reason given.

The applicant was seeking amended preliminary and final site plan approval to renovate the existing three-story Muhlenberg Hospital building, known as Building 23, for use as a cognitive and behavioral health facility.

Architectural planspdf on the city's website depicted a basement with three group rooms, an exercise room, and space for yoga/meditation. The first floor layout noted women's residential and outpatient rehab, and the second floor with men's residential, while the third floor listed a proposed detox unit.

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The documents for the April 15 meeting include an amended preliminary and final site plan:

Join the 7 p.m. Zoom meeting HERE.


Two additional applicants, according to the city website, will also be heard. Roselle Park's SRV Plainfield Urban Renewal LLC is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval to build two mixed-use residential buildings with 192 units and 7,800 sq. ft. of commercial space at East 3rd and Richmond streets. Another applicant proposes to use a vacant one-story building at 120-28 West 5th Street as a house of worship.

Read the full legal notice on Muhlenberg below:

LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF PLAINFIELD PLANNING BOARD PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on April 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., the Planning Board of the City of Plainfield (the "Planning Board" or "Board") will hold a remote public hearing, pursuant to the instructions set forth below, in connection with property located at 1252-1336 Randolph Road, which property is designated as Block 13, Lot 38.06 on the Tax Maps of the City of Plainfield (the "Property"). 

The Property is located in a redevelopment area and its zoning is governed by the JFK Muhlenberg Hospital Redevelopment Plan (the "Redevelopment Plan"). By resolution adopted on January 18, 2018, in the matter of Application No. PB 2017-27, the Planning Board granted subdivision approval to create the Property as well as site plan approval with variance relief to renovate an existing building located on the Property and to construct additions thereto for a mixed-use medical arts/residential use (the "2018 Approval"). The 2018 Approval also contemplated the retention and future development of an existing three-story building on the Property referred to as "Building 23". The Applicant, MBH Urban Renewal, LLC (the "Applicant"), seeks to amend the 2018 Approval and has applied to the Planning Board for amended preliminary and final site plan approval. The Applicant proposes to construct a one-story, approximate 1,143 square foot addition to Building 23 for use as an entrance lobby to the non-residential medical building. 

The Applicant also requests/seeks to maintain the previous variance relief granted in connection with the 2018 Approval to deviate from the requirements of the Redevelopment Plan. 

The Applicant further requests that the Board grant a parking variance related to the proposed building addition whereas 3 additional parking spaces are required and no additional parking spaces are proposed. The 2018 Approval granted a parking variance to permit 636 parking spaces for the uses on the Property whereas 673 parking spaces were required. 

Lastly, the Applicant requests that the Board grant any additional approvals, permits, variances, interpretations, waivers or exceptions reflected in the plans and materials filed (as same may be amended or revised from time to time without further notice) or determined to be necessary during the review and processing of the application. 

Instructions to Join Remote Hearing The remote public hearing is being held in lieu of an in-person public hearing due to the declared State and local emergency as a result of the COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) pandemic in accordance with the regulations adopted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (Division of Local Government Services) and will be held by remote access only. During the hearing, any interested party, directly or by attorney, will have an opportunity to view the hearing in its entirety, and be heard (ask questions, provide comments or offer evidence). Members of the public will be provided with instructions during the meeting on how to participate. 

You may participate in the hearing on the scheduled date and time through the web via the Zoom video conference platform or by telephone by using the following options set forth below. Please note, however, that if you participate solely by telephone, you will not be able to view the visual materials that may be displayed during the course of the hearing, and therefore, web participation is preferred. 1. Computer/Mobile Device (by entering the link): YyRytSUT09 Webinar ID: 969 0071 1068 Password: pl2020 Registration is not required. 

However, if logging in to Zoom via Computer or Mobile Device for the first time, please allow a few extra minutes to install the program (if using a computer) or application (if using a mobile device). Individuals accessing the meeting by computer/mobile device will be capable of making a public comment at the appropriate times during the meeting by clicking the "raise hand" button and waiting for the host to unmute them. 2. Telephone (for a higher quality, dial a number based upon your current location): US: +1 312 626 6799; or +1 646 558 8656; or +1 301 715 8592; or 1 346 248 7799; or +1 669 900 9128; or +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 969 0071 1068 Password: 436143 Individuals accessing the meeting by telephone will be capable of making a public comment at the appropriate times during the meeting by dialing *9 on their telephone and waiting for the host to unmute them. Please contact the Planning Board Secretary at least two (2) days in advance of the meeting if you need assistance in order to access the virtual meeting. All documents filed by the Applicant in connection with this application will be on file and available for public inspection no later than ten (10) days in advance of the hearing date. 

The Applicant's hearing exhibits will be made available for public inspection no later than forty-eight (48) hours before the public hearing. The application documents/exhibits may be accessed on the City of Plainfield website at: 

If you do not have computer access or are otherwise unable to access the application materials, please contact the Planning Board Secretary to make other arrangements to inspect same. Members of the public who anticipate undertaking cross-examination, introducing evidence and/or making public comment on the application are encouraged, but not required, to advise the Planning Board Secretary in advance of the meeting date, to ensure technological needs are accommodated and to further ensure that documents, which will be referenced during the hearing are available for review by all participants. Daniel White, Planning Board Secretary, City of Plainfield may be reached by telephone at (908) 753-3391 and email at In the event that the Planning Board Secretary is not available to immediately answer the telephone, please leave a message and also call back during regular business hours. You may also contact the Applicant's attorney, Lisa A. John-Basta, Esq. for information and documents related to the application using the telephone number and email address provided below. MBH Urban Renewal, LLC, Applicant Lisa A. John-Basta, Esq. Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC One Boland Drive West Orange, New Jersey 07052 Telephone: 973-530-2083 Email: ($117.82) is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. 

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