MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Monday, May 9, JMF Properties, the developer of the Post House site, is scheduled to remove trees and shrubs in the Ricalton Square lot and on the Village Coffee side of 160 Maplewood Ave., according to an email from the Township of Maplewood.

The work is planned to begin between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and to end by noon. During this time, the parking spots directly adjacent to the building will be unavailable.

The email further explains, "this includes the spots on the Ricalton Square side, from the entrance to the Ricalton lot back to the tracks, including the spots along the loading zone. In the Village Coffee lot, the spots directly adjacent to the building will be unavailable."

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The Maplewood Police Department will have signs posted from early morning, and be present at the site during work time to assist with circulation. 
 
The email from Maplewood also states that on Wednesday, May 11, JMF Properties will remove the curbing on the park side of the entrance to Ricalton Square. During this work, "park side spots in the south Ricalton Square lot will be closed, and parking along the loading dock will also be closed. Parking spots along the building closest to Maplewood Ave. will still be available, and there will be circulation through the Ricalton lot as usual."

VALLEY ST. ROAD WORK CONTINUES

In addition to the work on Maplewood Ave., an advisory from the Maplewood Police Department states that road work is planned on Valley St. on Monday, May 9. This is the continuation of the road work that began last week, which was unable to be completed on Friday, May 6, due to inclement weather.

Valley Street "will be closed due to work by NJ American Water between Tuscan Road and Millburn Avenue." Closures are expected to be daily from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., provided "no unexpected obstacles are encountered."

Vehicles will be detoured onto Prospect Street, Millburn Avenue and Springfield Avenue.

The advisory warns that there will be "additional traffic in the immediate area as well as increased traffic on Springfield Avenue." There will also "be limited access to Tuscan School on Harvard Avenue after morning drop-off until approximately 3 p.m."

Drivers are advised to plan an alternate route to avoid the area when possible. The road will be reopened following the construction daily. 

After the first phase of the project is completed, a second phase of the project will occur in July. Details on this to be announced soon.