SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee will hold its next public meeting with local property and small business owners on Wednesday, July 19, at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School at 7:00 p.m.
The Redevelopment Committee has broken down the plan into seven phases and three tiers. A preliminary investigation for the redevelopment of the three and a half block radius in Phase 1 -- Tier 1 was approved by the Township Council on Tuesday, May 16. That resolution also allows the Township to use powers – including eminent domain, if necessary – to redevelop the downtown business district.
On its website, the Redevelopment Committee states that Scotch Plains is “undergoing a new township design meant to address the needs of the 21st century resident, business owner, landlord, and developer, to create a vibrant community balancing jobs, housing, retail and commercial opportunities.” Its vision is to provide a broad range of retail and mixed use opportunities in the corridors of intended redevelopment.
Included in the plan will be a full range of housing opportunities providing access to all levels of income, age and accessibilities. In addition to creating an aesthetically pleasing downtown, the intent is to provide a vibrant area that will be self-sufficient and inviting, while at the same time addressing the transit, parking, recreational and open space desires of the community.
Members of the Downtown Redevelopment Committee are:
- Mayor Al Smith (Chairman)
- Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones (Vice Chairman)
- Al Mirabella, Township Manager (Secretary)
- Bob LaCosta, Scotch Plains Construction Official
- Jeff Lehrer, Planning Attorney
- Michael Mistretta, Planner
- Paulette Coronato, Class IV Planning Board Member
- Frank Di Lollo
- Joe Mortarulo
- Steve Goldberg
- Geraldine Keogh
- Guy Checchio
- Anthony Martucci
- Nick Novello
- Carla Kelly
- Luisa Bianco
- Colleen Gialanella
- Michael Alvarez
- Keith Owens