Other NJ News

Springfield's Emerald Garden Moving; Springfield Nissan to Expand

Nissan World Credits: Ellen Dickson
Walnut Court Credits: Ellen Dickson
View of Walnut Court from Municipal parking lot Credits: Ellen Dickson
Tile World site Credits: Ellen Dickson
Proposed Nissan building Credits: Ellen Dickson
Jennifer Schwenker, P.E.,C.M.E. - Project Manager for Nissan Credits: Ellen Dickson
Nissan World architect Credits: Ellen Dickson
30 Millburn Avenue, Millburn Credits: Ellen Dickson
Pamela Lia at Emerald Garden's current location Credits: Ellen Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Three applications were heard at the March 1 Springfield Planning Board meeting. The first application was a redevelopment plan for the Church Mall and Walnut Court, block 207 lots 1 and 2. The proposal is to zone it for up to 24 apartment units of mostly one and two bedrooms in a three story building. The first floor would be zoned for retail. Because this location is the eastern gateway to Springfield, the plan encourages an iconic feature defining the corner as a welcoming gateway.

Bill Sinkowicz of Walnut Court was concerned about egress from Walnut Court with potentially 48 more cars parked on site assuming two cars per unit. Planning Board member Jeffrey Tiger asked of fellow board members, “Is everyone comfortable with 24 units?” Discussion of this topic concluded that when a plan is submitted they will get a second look and that it may not warrant including 24 units.

However, the plan was approved unanimously since this is just the first step in a longer process. The next step is to send the plan to the Township Committee because the redevelopment plan creates zoning issues which have to be changed by ordinance. Also there will be a public hearing with 45 days to send ideas of thoughts to the Township Committee. The Planning Board will then review the revised plan for final approval.

Sign Up for E-News

Once the site plan is reviewed and approved it is ready to move forward with a developer.


The second application was for Nissan World LLC. Alfred Preziosi the owner of Nissan World testified that he has operated at this location on Rt. 22 West and Hillside Avenue since 1999. His plan calls for an expansion of the campus. Recently, he purchased the Tile World building.  Preziosi plans to tear the Tile World Building down and erect a new one (see pictures) that will be for sales only. There was discussion of adding more landscaping to the plan but was dismissed due to site line issues on Route 22, as well as the difficult experience plants have had in past surviving near the highway. The plan was approved unanimously.


The last application was for a change in tenancy at 30 Millburn Avenue. Emerald Garden, a full service florist, is moving their business from Millburn to Springfield. Pamela Lia an employee of Emerald Garden testified that ninety percent of their business is conducted over the phone. She also said they do a lot of party work, which is done off site. There are 4-5 full time employees and a few part time seasonal employees. Their planner, Richard Keller testified that “This site is one third of an acre. The first twenty feet are in Millburn.”  The discussion continues about whether Millburn should review the proposal. Board attorney Alexander Fisher stated he “…can’t see that happening here.  Millburn will just waive jurisdiction”. The application was approved unanimously.

The next planning Board meeting is scheduled for April 5, 2017.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Spring is (Almost) Here

Get ready for farmers markets and outdoor events, spring is bound to come at some point! To help you get ready Sadie's has lots of new spring products including this great Market Tote by Feed- the purchase of this cute everyday bag will donate 50 school meals. While stopping in for this tote check out some of the other great spring items just in. Don't forget the charity of the month is ...

Feeling Lucky

Shop of the morning to you! It’s that time of year when everyone’s color is green! Stop by Sadie's to get your St. Patty’s shirt before the big day. While your here and feeling lucky check out our latest Spring styles for Men and Women. You may make your friends green with envy.

Horoscope: Have a birthday between 3/13 and 3/24? If you stumble into a ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


South Orange Police Blotter - Adult Arrests for Shoplifting and DWI Reported

March 16, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of March 16

Adult Arrest/Shoplifting - William Minitee, a 45 year old Irvington resident was arrested on Thursday, March 8, at approximately 12:40 p.m. for shoplifting. Security officers at the Stop & Shop on Valley Street observed Minitee conceal several items on his person and then flee the store without paying for the items. Officers stopped a subject ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Home Burglary, Burglary at DeHart Community Center Reported

March 4 - Burglary; At approximately 1:20 a.m., officers observed a male removing several items from inside DeHart Community Center. The male was identified as 22 year old Joe Carr of Irvington. He was arrested and charged with burglary.

March 6 - Burglary; At approximately 11:30 a.m., officers responded to a home on Broadview Avenue on a report of a ...

Maplewood to Hold Spring Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25

March 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Hop on down to Maplewood's Spring Egg Hunt! Maplewood will hold its 34th annual hunt on Sunday, March 25, from noon to 2 p.m. in Memorial Park.

An email from the Maplewood Recreation Department states to "please arrive promptly at noon with a basket or bag to make sure you don’t miss anything."

At last year's event, hundreds of kids ...

Most South Orange Maplewood Schools Plan to Participate in National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Wednesday, March 14, the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is organizing a National School Walkout. According to the national march website, the walkout is for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. "to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods... and to demand Congress ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, March 20, 7:00 PM

Bow Tie South Orange Cinemas, South Orange

18th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

Arts & Entertainment Religions And Spirituality

Wed, March 21, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

Education Religions And Spirituality


Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Conference Room A/B, First Floor, Livingston

Colon Cancer Screening Education Program at Saint ...

Health & Wellness

Wed, March 21, 7:00 PM

Boccone South, South Orange

A Taste of Italy

Food & Drink

Hundreds Cheer on Marchers and Bands at 67th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Even a week’s delay caused by a massive snowstorm couldn’t dampen the spirits of the large crowd of spectators who cheered on the marchers and bands who participated in West Orange’s 67th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday.

Wending their way up Main Street were more than 25 bands, including marching bands from northern New Jersey high ...

Members of Brick City Brims Charged for Alleged Roles in Drug Trafficking Organization

NEWARK, NJ – Six members of the Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang were arrested last week for their alleged roles in a major drug trafficking organization that dealt heroin in and around Newark.

Tyrone Brown, 34, Lamarr Burwell, 22, and Miles McCloud, 37, all of Newark, and Martin Pettiford, 23, of Irvington, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to ...

Commemoration of Jay Kielwasser, Union Animal Control Officer

March 17, 2018

UNION, NJ – A commemoration of the late Jay Kielwasser's work as Union’s Animal Control Officer took place at Wednesday evening’s Board of Health meeting.

Board President Jackie Carter said Kielwasser, who passed away in April, was the first Animal Control officer appointed by the Board of Health. 

“You really don’t know how someone ...

Springfield Residents Cope as Power Slowly Returns

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - As of Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. Springfield is showing outage of 2,677 or 25 percent, which is down from over 40 percent in the last two hours. It is also down from 68 percent at the peak. Union County at this point is over 20 percent of JCP&L’s statewide outages. Trucks are visible on Township streets with a caravan spotted on ...

Summer Camp at Lightbridge Academy in Millburn

March 19, 2018

If you are looking for a fun-filled summer for your little ones, look no further!

Lightbridge Academy in Millburn is providing a summer camp program with tons of exciting guests, water play activities, and so much more!

Call us at 973-218-1800 to learn about what we have to offer.


Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace - March 16 to March 22

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Litofish Sardines $5.99ea (Ashley Fish Market)
Total Fage Yogurt 4/$5
Aviv Passover Matzos 2/$7
Ground Beef $3.99lb (Meat)
Roasted Vegetables $7.99lb (Prep Food)
President Brie $6.99lb (Cheese)
Iceberg Lettuce $1.99
Serrano Ham $14.99lb (Deli)
Turkey Hill Ice Cream ...

SOMA Film Festival Starts Friday Night, March 16

The 3rd annual SOMA Film Festival is finishing up the final touches before they kickoff this weekend's event at The Woodland, Bow Tie Cinemas in South Orange, and Maplewood Theater.  

With 16 screening programs there is something for everyone. The popular Kids Program is back for two engagements with both sold out as is the Opening Night Party and Screening. 

Tickets are still ...