SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) will hold a special Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Auditorium (667 Westfield Rd) to discuss the redevelopment process for Tier 2, Phases 4 & 5 (East Second Street) and Block 204, Lot 5 located in Tier 3, Phase 6 (Jade Isle property).

The Town Hall meeting is specifically geared towards property and business owners in the study areas, but anyone from the public may attend and ask questions. The meeting is for informational purposes only. No formal action will be taken at this meeting.

On Feb. 19, 2019, the Township Council adopted Resolutions to authorize the Planning Board to investigate properties identified in the Tier 2, Phases 4 & 5 (East Second Street) and Block 204, Lot 5 (Jade Isle property) to determine which properties meet the criteria as an area in need of redevelopment.

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This meeting is intended to provide an explanation of the preliminary investigation process and provide an update on the continued progress of the downtown redevelopment effort. Members of the SPDRC will be available to answer questions.

“Scotch Plains is continuing to move forward with downtown redevelopment by starting the process on East Second Street and the Jade Isle property,” said Mayor Al Smith, Chair of the SPDRC. “These areas will provide many opportunities for mixed-use development that will benefit our residents and create a vibrant East Second Street corridor. I am looking forward to starting this process.”

Located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains, the Jade Isle announced its closure at the end of February 2018. The inconic restaurant served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes and "umbrella" cocktails in its "tiki room" beginning in 1971. The sit-down restaurant's opening pre-dated the proliferation of Chinese fast food take-out places in the area. 

“This forum is a great opportunity to get feedback from our downtown property and business owners,” said Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Vice Chair of the SPDRC. “Public input is extremely important to the redevelopment process, and the SPDRC looks forward to working together with all stakeholders throughout the redevelopment process.” 

For more information on the Downtown Redevelopment Initiative, including maps of the study area, click here. If you have any questions about this Town Hall meeting, contact Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, at 908-322-6700 ext. 317 or tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com.

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