PLAINFIELD, NJ — A baker from Union City won approval Wednesday to pioneer development on Cleveland Avenue by adding three residential stories to a former auto repair building.
Marcos Lascano Sr, plans to open a ground-floor bakery and coffee shop in the former Bradford’s Wreck-A-Mended building, with 18 apartments to be built on top. Only 11 parking spaces are proposed, with permits in nearby municipal lots for other tenants, if needed. In questions to Marcos Lascano Jr., attorney Manuel P. Sanchez brought out the notion that nearby access to the city’s main train station and other transit might mean less need for tenants and employees to have cars.
Despite board concerns about parking, at the end of testimony by architect Brian Taylor and planner John Leoncavallo the project won unanimous approval as a harbinger of things to come in the district, which is part of the Transit-Oriented Development Downtown Station South area. Sanchez spoke of city support that was “more than my client anticipated” for the project.
Board questions included how trash would be handled, whether the original building could bear the extra weight, where meters would be placed and whether sidewalks will be repaired around the building. Sanchez pledged that his client will comply with “all agencies and departments.”
Of four other items on the agenda, only one was heard. Patricia Fields spoke regarding the need for Shiloh Baptist Church to have more time to finish parking lots. She said the church was the victim of a construction scam, needs to raise more money for the work and is also looking for a new pastor. Noting two of the four lots are completed and one is 20 percent done, Board Chairman Alex Ruiz said, “At least we see progression.”
The board agreed to extend time to finish to October 13, 2021, with a status report due in June 2021.
Among items moved to the December 4 agenda are Pontoon Properties’ proposal for a 12-unit addition behind a building at 300 Park Avenue; Moon Builder LLC’s new plan to subdivide a lot at 833 West Front Street and build a 2-family home on each portion; and a revised application by 1014 South Avenue LLC to demolish five structures and build 47 apartments. The December meeting is 7 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue.