SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Board of Trustees is expecting to be able to move forward with Seton Village Irvington Avenue Project when the developer’s agreement is completed and presented to the board at the end of this month or the first week of February. The redevelopment plan may be seen on the South Orange website.

The land to be redeveloped is just over 95,000 square feet on plots facing Irvington Avenue between Tichenor Ave and W. Fairview Ave. The developer's agreement will have to adhere to the standards laid out in the redevelopment plan that was adopted at the December 14 meeting of the BOT. It will include retail space, market rate rental apartments, affordable housing rate rental apartments, and green space for the residents.

Trustee Summer Jones, who also lives in Seton Village, says the reaction to the project has been great.

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“There hasn’t been a lot of negativity because we began getting input from the community very early on and made adjustments based on the feedback we were hearing,” said Trustee Jones. “As the project continues we will continue to hear from the community.”

After the BOT approves an agreement from a developer, the Planning Board must then approve the preliminary and final major site plans. The application will include civil engineering plans, architecture elevations and plans, landscape and lighting plans and a study showing how the project will affect traffic in the area.

Open communication with the community is a priority, said Trustee Jones. The BOT sends important updates to an email list of people who have attended the meetings. Every resident within 200 feet of the site will receive a notice when the construction begins. Updates are also regularly posted to the Seton Village Advisory Committee Facebook page.

Five neighborhood residents joined the committee at its October meeting. At the next meeting, January 26, the public and the new members will be updated on the latest regarding the project status and the developer’s agreement.

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