MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Township Committee Wednesday night voted, 2-1, with two absent, to lift the suspension of a developer who will construct an apartment-retail building at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Burnet Avenue.

The vote came after committee members questioned Daibes Enterprises, the developer of the site, at length about its ability to finish the project on time. The developer said this year’s delay in construction was due to the bad weather this past winter.

Committee members India Larrier and Gerard W. Ryan were not at the meeting.

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The project is to resume shortly, and Daibes will update the committee on the construction every 90 days.  Daibes agreed to complete construction by January.  If it is not finished by that date, the agreement will be terminated.

The lot is the site of a former gas station where a building with retail space and apartments is planned.  Its development became an issue because of delays in construction and other problems.

In other business, Elizabeth Daugherty, president of the South Orange and Maplewood Board of Education, updated the committee on the school district’s budget.  She said the district is trying to deal with limited monies even as elementary school enrollment, for instance, is increasing.   

“So there’s going to be shared sacrifice,” she said.  

The committee also granted an extension of the Maplewood post office lease through July 31.  This extension is to minimize the effect on Maplewood residents, the committee said.

Maplewood mail carriers will relocate to the Union Post Office after July 31.

The next Township Committee meeting will be on May 6 at the Maplewood Municipal Building on 574 Valley St. in Maplewood.


Boateng is reporting this story as part of a Journalism course at Kean University.