SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Previously turned down back in 2015 by the Scotch Plains Zoning Board, a new proposal for development at the vacant lot on North Avenue next to Charlie Browns will be up for final approval in the March 8 Planning Board meeting agenda.

The project includes a two and a half story building with seven rental apartments (five at market value and two affordable units) along with five for-sale town houses. A portion of the project (0.41 acres) is dedicated to the Township as permanent open space.  

Originally, a 20-unit, three-story development was proposed in 2015, but the proposal was denied by the Zoning Board. The developers, WRV Partnership also known as Villane Building & Development, filed a "builder’s remedy" lawsuit against the town. A "builder's remedy lawsuit" is a suit filed by a real estate developer in an attempt to force a New Jersey town to allow the construction of a multi-family housing complex that includes some affordable housing alongside market rate units.

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Since the Township of Scotch Plains has agreed to an affordable housing settlement with Fair Share Housing, the Council has essentially already approved the project by adopting an ordinance in 2019 to rezone the property in compliance with the settlement agreement.

The Planning Board will vote on a resolution approving the final site plan for the development at the next Planning Board meeting.

“The applicant and developer did a good job presenting their plan,” said  Scotch Plains project coordinator for redevelopment Tom Strowe of the current plan "What’s shown in the video and renderings is a good development for the property, and the approval of this project once again demonstrates that Scotch Plains is in compliance and is committed to fulfilling its affordable housing obligations.”

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