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Planning Board Approves North Avenue Project

1000 North Avenue property, next to the Netherwood train station, and across the street from Seidler Field Credits: Jennifer Popper
1000 North Avenue is next to the Netherwood train station Credits: Jennifer Popper
1000 North Avenue is next to the Netherwood train station Credits: Jennifer Popper
JMF Properties' Quin Sleepy Hollow on South Avenue Credits: JMF Properties Facebook Page
JMF Properties' Quin Sleepy Hollow is underway Credits: Jennifer Popper

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A mixed-use development proposal won Planning Board approval Thursday , promising apartments, stores, a restaurant and many amenities on the north side of Netherwood Train Station.

The board previously heard testimony on July 20 from an architect, civil and traffic engineers and an attorney on the plan to raze a vacant warehouse and replace it with a complex named “1000 North Avenue.” On Thursday, planner Paul Grygiel called the site “the perfect location for transit-oriented development,” although Planning Board members asked how tenants would be shielded from train noise. As described at the July meeting, windows will overlook a private, interior courtyard and the rear wall will also be buffered by an inside corridor. Grygiel said although the rear property line is two feet from the proposed building, the distance to the tracks is more like 20 feet.

On outdoor seating for the proposed restaurant, the board agreed that the patio should not exceed the interior dimensions of the restaurant. The restaurant will be on the east side of the building, adjacent to the station’s north-side parking lot, and developers anticipate interest from commuters.

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In July, board members asked traffic engineer Craig Peregoy about the development’s effect on Leland Avenue, but on Thursday the developer’s attorney, Larry Calli, repeated Peregoy’s claim that the intersection would not be impacted by the development. He said Peregoy is still waiting for a police traffic study, but suggested the city might need to find other solutions to handling traffic at the intersection of North and Leland avenues.

Grygiel also noted the building’s design included elevation of the first floor to meet flood zone requirements.

Work on the site may begin by spring and construction will take from 14 to 18 months. The project is the first for the north side of the Raritan Valley Line at the Netherwood Station. Projects on the south side include a $50 million, 212-unit residential development called “Quin Sleepy Hollow.”

“The wave of the future is transit-oriented development,” Grygiel said Thursday.

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