PLAINFIELD, NJ — TAPinto Plainfield takes a look at our top stories on business and redevelopment projects that defined 2019 in the Queen City.  First up?  Interest in redevelopment overall.

The news of a plan to bring a Wawa with 12 fueling stations to South Avenue had both supporters and detractors.  Many residents came out against the move at a planning board meeting that had to be moved to the high school to accommodate, but in the end, the project received preliminary and final site plan approval.

The arrival of Wawa meant that the Queen City would have to say goodbye to Giovanna’s, a restaurant that had been in business for almost 40 years, as well as other homes and area businesses.  Demolition has been happening this week.

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As readers said farewell to one eatery, they welcomed another.  Jessica's Cafe & Wood Fired Pizza burst onto the scene in June, and just a few months later, one can’t get in without a reservation.  The restaurant has even made Yelp's list of the top 50 restaurants in North Jersey.

Quin Sleepy Hollow, the 212-unit development project on South Avenue, generated buzz with its October ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Elmwood Gardens project, a site bordered by Plainfield Avenue, West Second Street and Elmwood Place that includes 15 3-bedroom units and 43 2-bedroom units made the list of our top stories.

Queen City Coffee Roasters had a soft opening in September, and has been on a roll ever since.

Netherwood Flats broke ground on its 4-story mixed-use project at 829 South Avenue that includes 70 units.

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