SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee met on Sept. 9 to discuss the details of a downtown redevelopment plan, including Second Street, the LIDL supermarket (to replace Snuffy's), a new town library, and the luxury apartments at the former Parker Gardens.
Plans for the LIDL supermarket have been submitted to the Scotch Plains planning board and are in compliance with the redevelopment plan for that area of downtown. The town is hopeful the parties can work out their differences that have delayed construction of the store.
"We are hopeful they can resolve whatever issues the have and move forward. We hope it gets resolved quickly" said Mayor Al Smith.
The plans for a new Scotch Plains Library have been developed. The building would be energy efficient and modern looking and is estimated to cost $12 million to construct with about $6 million coming through a grant from the state. The design will include a public plaza. Scotch Plains is expected to hear back at the end of the month regarding the status of our grant application and, if awarded the grant, the Library Board will sign the state agreement in early 2021.
"Studies have shown that libraries spur spending in the areas around the libraries," said downtown redevelopment coordinator Tom Strowe, who reported that there will be a web page with details about the new library. "We are excited about it."
"I think it will be a wonderful addition to the town," said Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo.
"Our library is shot, we've been putting Band-Aids on it for years," said Mayor Smith, who is excited by the technology upgrades and the possibility of activities for students and senior citizens.
A major transformation is taking place at the former Parker Gardens, which will become a high-end apartment complex. The property is being developed by Premier Development.
Strowe reported on the passage of overlay zones and gave a peek at renderings for a mixed use building on Second Street.
"The overlay zones have prompted property owners to inquire about improving their properties," said Tom Strowe in a phone interview with TAPintoSPF.
"The overlay zones have sparked development of private properties, we hope to unveil in the next several weeks a plan for public properties," said Mayor Smith, who said that the town is pursuing a redevelopment plan and will have a listening tour sometime around October before Township Council votes on the plan.
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