SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Planning Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 29, to review plans for 116 Valley Street, referred to as the "Napa Valley" project. 

The applicant is proposing to demolish the existing structures on the lots to construct one 3-story eight unit mixed use building. The building would have six 1-bedroom units and two  2-bedroom units on the second and third floors, and 600 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The applicant is also requesting twelve off-street crossing stalls, according to the agenda for the special meeting.

Elnardo J. Webster II, the attorney for the applicant,  requested variance relief, as well as final site plan approval, from the Planning Board.

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John Buchholz, architect, Michael Lanzafama engineer, and Elizabeth Dolan, an engineer and traffi consultant, all provided testimony, explanations and took questions from the Planning Board regarding details of the project.

Meeting attendees were also able to ask the presenters questions and learn more about the project,

A homeowner, Morgan Allen, whose property is immediately adjacent to the proposed project, asked Lanzafama and Dolan if details that he had previously negotiated with Webster were still in effect, and recevied confirmation that they were still in place.

Allen subsequently thanked the Planning Board as well as the applicatint and his attorney for their attention to his concerns, their cooperation, their accommodation to his needs, adding, "I am satisfied with the outcome."

After private discussion by the Planning Board, Harold Colton-Max, Panning Board Chair,man stated that the applicant deserved credit for making this all work, and that such actions exhibited that they are "community-conscious."

Colton-Max then made a motion to approve the application for all variances sought, subject to several conditions, all of which were accepted by the applicant.