PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board will reorganize at its first meeting of the new year.  It will also hear from Applicant 1369 South Plainfield LLC for the property located at 1369-1403 South Avenue, which falls within the South Avenue East Redevelopment Area.  The Applicant, from Lakewood, purchased the property in November 2018 for $600,000.

The Applicant is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval, as well as variance approvals and design waivers, to construct a five-story, mixed-use building consisting of approximately 1,595-square-feet of commercial space, 24 apartments with parking, and related site improvements. 

Items up for discussion include smaller 1-bedroom apartments, from a 750-square-foot minimum to a proposed 717-square-foot unit, ground floor commercial space at a proposed 31 percent versus the 40 percent minimum, and decreases in side yard setbacks, parking stall dimensions, and parking/driveway setbacks from the building, from a 5-foot minimum to 0-foot proposed.

Sign Up for Plainfield Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

The Applicant is represented by Joseph Paparo, who is also counsel for the Wawa that will replace Giovanna's and other homes and businesses on South Avenue.

VIDEO: Plainfield's Giovanna's Restaurant Gives Way to New Construction

The public is invited to present any objections to the granting of the application.  The meeting is scheduled to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2020, in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue.

Download the agenda herepdf.

Read the full notice below:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF PLAINFIELD PLANNING BOARD PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the Plainfield City Hall, Library Meeting Room (first floor), 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey, a Public Hearing will be held by the Planning Board of the City of Plainfield for Preliminary and Final Site Plan and Variance approvals and design waivers (South Avenue East Redevelopment Plan Section 4.2: lot area 20,000 sf. minimum, 18,184 sf. existing; side yard setback 5 ft. minimum, 3 ft. proposed; ground floor commercial space 40% minimum, 31% proposed; 1-bedroom apartment unit size 750 sf. minimum, 717 sf. proposed; Sec. 17:9-42Q: parking stall dimensions 9' x 18' required, 9' x 16' proposed; Sec. 17:9-42D: parking/driveway setback from building 5 ft. minimum, 0 ft. proposed; Sec. 17:11-15B: drive aisle width (2-way) 24 ft. required, 22 ft. proposed; Sec. 17:9-24C1: parking lot perimeter buffering 5 ft. minimum, 1.67 ft. provided; Sec. 17:9-43B: parking lot interior landscaping 5% minimum, none proposed) and such other variances/deviations, relief and/or waivers that may be required upon an analysis of the plans and testimony at the PUBLIC HEARING on the Application submitted by the Applicant/Owner, 1369 South Plainfield LLC, for the property located at 1369-1403 South Avenue, Block 624, Lot 12 on the Tax Map of the City of Plainfield. The Applicant is proposing to construct a five-story, mixed-use building consisting of approximately 1,595 sf. of commercial space and 24 apartments along with parking and related site improvements on the property which is located within the South Avenue East Redevelopment Area. When the case is called you may appear either in person or by agent or attorney and present any objections which you may have to the granting of this Application. All documents related to this Application are on file and available for PUBLIC INSPECTION in the Division of Planning Office, City Hall, 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey during that office's normal business hours. Joseph A. Paparo, Esq. Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. Attorneys for the Applicant ($34.40)