PLAINFIELD, NJ — Applicant Centurion Plainfield 1222 South Avenue, LLC was back before the Planning Board Thursday to follow up on loose ends left dangling at its appearance on Jan. 21. The continuation included a report by Attorney Lawrence A. Calli, who said a TRC, or technical review, was undertaken on Feb. 4 with city officials.

The mixed-use project at the site of the former Fig Tree Market, part of the South Avenue Corridor Redevelopment Area, will include 100 units, with 73 1-BR and 27 2-Br units, as well as 3,220 square feet of retail space.

Calli said since the last meeting they have "hashed out a few open questions." He recalled the January meeting, stating, "we had presented a site plan application that was largely conforming to the redevelopment plan. Our use conforms, our density conforms, height, stories, all of that was conforming. We had nominal variance relief for setbacks on two of our frontages."

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He said there was a deviation on the architectural plans with respect to sub-standard size units, and noted there was agreement at the TRC, where amended site and architectural plans were reviewed, that the units would be brought up to the minimum required size. Additionally, the plans no longer deviate from the setback requirements as the two variances have been eliminated. The setbacks now conform, and the unit count remains the same.

Calli said his team met with representatives from the fire department at the TRC, who confirmed there were no issues; reps for the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority confirmed submission was made, and said they believe capacity is "adequate and okay" with no issues; and the board planner and engineer were also in attendance. There was no one from the police department present, but Calli said the applicant will comply with requests to wire closed circuit TV camera systems into the police department.

READ: Mixed-Use Applicant for Fig Tree Site Must Come Back to Plainfield Planning Board Next Month

Civil Engineer Adam Westenberger of Dynamic Engineering Consultants said the building will be slightly smaller without the variances. It will be sited a foot closer to South Avenue, and steps down to the right of way are being relocated. There will also be planting space on the frontage for landscaping.

Planner Paul Ricci said the applicant's plans meet numerous objectives identified in the city's redevelopment plan: promotes mass transit usage; manages parking circulation; provides accessibility, and walkability by the train; includes alternate modes of transportation; stimulates economic development; encourages a neighborhood commercial use that serves the residents; expands and generates tax ratables and offsets taxes; captures disposable income within the city; and upholds sustainable principles.

No one from the public spoke, and board members voted in favor of the motion to move the project forward.

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