PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board will meet virtually Thursday for a hearing that could grant preliminary and final site plan approval, as well as bulk variances, at Adonai Property, LLC's 405-407 Watchung Avenue site to construct a four-story addition on an existing one-story building; it would become a mixed-use structure. The public can tune in and comment at the 7 p.m. meeting via Zoom.

According to the project description, “the Applicant proposes to continue to use the first floor as a grocery store, eliminate the studio and replace it with a resident’s amenity space, building management office and solid waste/recyclables storage room.”

The description also notes, “the Applicant proposes to construct a four (4) story addition which will contain three (3) residential apartments on each floor for a total of twelve residential apartments. The building will be equipped with an elevator and a fire suppression system."

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The agendapdf includes — but is not limited to — the following:

  • Amin Family, LLC for property located at 202 West 7th Street, Block 711, Lot 2 (Application No.: PB 2020-05) for preliminary and final site plan approval, bulk variances, supplemental zone variances and design waivers in order to construct a two-story addition on an existing one-story retail building, as well as 1,016 square foot addition to the front and rear portion of the existing retail building.
  • Rehoboth Christian Church a/k/a Iglesia Christiana Rehoboth 120-128 West Fifth Street, Block 704, Lot 6 (Application No.: PB 2020-17) for preliminary and final site plan approval, as well as a bulk variance in order to rehabilitate the existing one-story dwelling for use as a house of worship with related amenities.
  • South Second Street Youth Center Redevelopment Plan. The Planning Board unanimously approved the South Second Street Youth Center non-condemnation area in need of redevelopment investigation on July 16. The City Council authorized the Planning Board to conduct the study, and approved the resolution in November 2019.
  • Planned Union County Road and Intersection Work.

RELATED: Council Hears About Improvements at 5 Plainfield Intersections

All application materials for the September 24 meeting can be viewed HERE.

Read the full notice for 405-407 Watchung Avenue:

LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF PLAINFIELD PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF VIRTUAL HEARING Application No.: PB-2020-22. In accordance with the Ordinances of the City of Plainfield, and the Statutes of the State of New Jersey, TAKE NOTICE that on the Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm the City of Plainfield Planning Board (the "Board") will conduct a virtual public hearing on the application of PL 836 Plainfield LLC (the "Applicant'') to construct a mixed-use project at premises located at 147-49 E. 5th Street; 143-45 E. 5th Street; 136-41 E. 5th Street; 131-37 E. 5th Street; 421-23 Cleveland Avenue; 417-19 Cleveland Avenue; 413-15 Cleveland Avenue; and 401-11 Cleveland Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey and designated as Block 836, Lots 8-15.01 on the City of Plainfield Tax Map and premises located at 400-04 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey designated as Lot 1 in Block 836 on the Plainfield Tax Map (hereinafter "Lot 1").

Applicant is proposing to demolish the existing vacant buildings on the site and develop the properties with a new six (6) story mixed-use building on Lots 8-15.01.

The building is proposed to consist of approximately 6,290 square feet of art studio commercial space on the ground floor, 5 floors containing approximately 118 units of market rate multifamily housing, amenity spaces, a parking garage with approximately 77 off-street parking spaces on the first floor and associated site improvements on the below-referenced Premises.

Approximately 89 of the units will be Live/work units whereby a portion is devoted to work space and the remaining space is dedicated to living purposes by the person who practices its trade.

The building amenities will include a resident lounge/event space, co-working space, a fitness room, a yoga room, an art gallery, community room, rooftop courtyard space and an outdoor dog walk.

Lot 1 is currently an existing three-story building and proposed to be renovated and adaptively re-use consisting of approximately 5600 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 6 Live/work residential units on floors two (2) through three (3). Block 836, Lots 9-15.01 are located in the Cleveland Avenue Arts and Culture Subdistrict of the Transit Oriented Development District (TODD) - South Redevelopment Plan (the Plan"); and Block 836, Lots 1 and 8 are located in the Central Business District Subdistrict of the Plan.

Applicant also seeks Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval and the following "c" variances , deviations and/or waivers from the Plan and the City of Plainfield Land Use Ordinance ("Land Use Ordinance") for Lots 8-15.01:

Variances: 1. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-24 B (2) Minimum 10 ft. buffer around parking lot to adjacent non-residential use or district (Required 10', proposed 0');

2. Land Use Ordinance § 17:9-24 C (1) Minimum 5 ft. buffer around all sides of parking lot (Required 5', proposed 4' );

3. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-43 B (1) Minimum width of landscaping islands (Required 10', proposed 9');

4. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-43 B (2) Required no more than 8 spaces in a row without an intervening landscape island, proposed 10 spaces without an intervening landscape island; and

5. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-42D- Required parking shall setback 5 feet from property line, proposed setback 2 feet from the property line.

Waivers: 1. Section 4.3 Parking Area Design Standards of the Plan - All parking shall be located in the rear or side yard of the property. The proposed parking is to be located in the front yard; and

2. Land Use Ordinance §17:11 -8-B9b of the Land Use Ordinance: Each unit above ground floor shall be provided with a private balcony area. Required 118 balconies, 93 balconies are proposed.

Applicant also seeks Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval and the following "c" variances, deviations and/or waivers from the Plan and the City of Plainfield Land Use Ordinance for Lot 1: Variance:

1. Section 4.3 Parking Standards of the Plan- insufficient off-street parking, required 14, proposed 0. The existing building occupies the entire lot.

Applicant also seeks such variance relief, exceptions, waivers, permits, interpretations, approvals, or licenses that are deemed necessary or appropriate by the applicant or the Board, and/or specified by the Planning Board's planner or engineering consultants and which may arise during the course of the hearing process.

Any person or persons affected by this application will have an opportunity to present any objections to or offer comments on the proposed development. The Board does, however, have the right to exclude repetitious testimony.

It is requested that anyone who anticipates undertaking cross-examination, introducing evidence and/or making public comment on any application advise the Board Secretary by email or phone in advance of the virtual meeting date. Please supply your name, address and the telephone number at which you may be reached on the night of the meeting in the event that you do not have the ability to access the meeting remotely by computer. The purpose of this notification is to ensure that any additional documents to be identified or referenced at the virtual meeting can be available for review by all participants and members of the public. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit or block the ability of any member of the public to make inquiries; or offer comment or opinion on any application based upon the testimony and exhibits proffered by an applicant at the virtual meeting. Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting can choose one of the following options: 1. Computer/Mobile Device (by entering the link): Webinar ID: 969 0071 1068 Password: pl2020 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 Board Secretary at least two (2) days in advance of the meeting if you need assistance in order to access the virtual meeting. Copies of the application materials, including any maps, plans and documents relating to the applications will be available at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing at the following web address: If you do not have computer access or are otherwise unable to access the application and supporting documents online, please contact the Board Secretary to make other arrangements to inspect same. The contact information for the Board Secretary is as follows: Rosalind Miller, Board Secretary, City of Plainfield, phone: (908) 753-3486; and email: In the event that the Board Secretary is not available to immediately answer the telephone, please leave a message and also call back during regular business hours. Date: September 14, 2020 PL 836 PLAINFIELD LLC By: /s/ Marsha M. Moore Marsha M. Moore, Esq. Attorney for Applicant Post, Polak, P.A. 425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 200 Roseland, New Jersey 07068 (973) 228-9900 ext 220 Email: ($149.64) is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. 

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