BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- Over the next three days, TAPinto Somerset Hills will publish a summary of the proposals submitted by each of the three development groups bidding to handle Bernardsville's downtown revitalization.

The borough received three responses to its Request for Proposals beginning of July. Those responses came from Advance Realty, AST and the tandem of Melillo Equities and Claremont Development. The responses were reviewed by consulting development firm Topology and the Downtown Revitalization Committee.  

Today's article will focus on the proposal from Advance Realty.

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Developer Overview
•Bedminster-based developer established in 1979
•Extensive experience in residential, commercial and industrial development.
•Completed projects all over the state including Jersey City, Hoboken, Bound Brook and Bridgewater
•Project architect, MHS, has completed projects in communities like Morristown and Madison.

Proposal Overview
•Proposal calls for 100 new residential units, underground parking, and 6,000 square feet of new retail/restaurant space
•Includes on site affordable units
•Site plan includes network of open spaces in alignment with RFP vision
•Proposal includes limited financial information

The committee's review will consider :
•If the proposal aligns with the borough’s goal to revitalize downtown.
•Proposed amenities + public space
•Design
•Building program (unit count, parking, restaurant/retail space)
•Completeness

The borough is encouraging feedback from the public on the proposals that have been submitted. Residents have until Sept. 13 to respond with their feedback, which can be submitted by clicking here.