SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Drawings showing a renovated Village Hall were presented by architect Eric Holtermann of HMR Architects at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Holtermann said that the main entrance to the building, a meeting room on the second floor and a new vestibule are among those that will be restored or added in Village Hall. He also said that there will be a bike rack installed.

Trustee Steve Schnall said that he was pleased with the plans. “I like the design,” he said. “I like how you maximized the space.”

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Trustee Sheena Collum asked if the conference rooms would be available to advisory committees if trustees were “not around,” to which Holtermann replied yes.

According to Village Administrator Barry Lewis Jr., bids for construction of Village Hall will open as soon as the plans are finalized.

In other development-related business, Trustee Mark Rosner announced that the Planning and Zoning Committee will create a subcommittee to discuss future developments of the Marylawn of the Oranges High School campus. The Catholic school closed, and plans to sell the property to Seton Hall University for its graduate medical education program fell through after Seton Hall withdrew its offer.

“We’ll consider and see what the residents want, what the Board wants, and how we move forward,” Rosner said.

In other action, the Board:

  • Amended an ordinance on recycling to comply with state standards
  • Awarded a one-year contract extension to Emedios Concessions to operate at the municipal pool.

The reporter is a student participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.