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Somerville Planning Board Rejects Builder’s Alternative to Underground Parking Garage

September 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  -The Planning Board Wednesday night rejected a builder’s request for an amended site plan that would eliminate an underground parking garage beneath a planned five-story apartment building and move 24 of the tenants’ parking spots across the street to a property he recently purchased.

An unanticipated groundwater source discovered during excavation a few months ...

Underground Water Woes Force Somerville Developer to Devise Plan B

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - An unanticipated groundwater source has undermined developer Robert Weiss’ plans for an underground parking garage at the planned Davenport Apartments, forcing him to go with Plan B, which hadn’t existed until it was necessitated by the invasive underground spring.

The spring was discovered several months ago as work crews began to excavate the site of the ...

ParkSmarter App Enhances Parking for Visitors to Downtown Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Those who know Rick St. Pierre, owner of Verve Restaurant, Bar & Bistro, and those who work with him on the board of the Downtown Somerville Alliance, would not have been surprised Friday afternoon to see him walking up and down Main Street handing out postcards advertising the borough’s new ParkSmarter program.

It’s a phone App that’s married to ...

Long-Awaited Opening of Cheech’s Own in Downtown Somerville Steeped in Secrecy

SOMERVILLE, NJ – With a tip of the hat to the secretive "speakeasys" of the underground Prohibition era, Cheech's Own Coffee Company opened its doors Thursday night at 37 West Main Street to a select few – those who had diligently followed clues provided by owner Steven “Cheech” Chiocchi on social media or to those who had a token pressed into their palm ...

Downtown Somerville Alliance Director Resigns, Takes Job in Roselle Park



SOMERVILLE, NJ - Beth Anne Macdonald, hired in 2012 to oversee the redevelopment of the borough’s burgeoning Main Street retail and restaurant district, has resigned as executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance.

She begins work Sept. 4 as the Economic Development Director of Roselle Park in Union County, a town half the geographic size of ...

Somerville: Freeholder Director Scaglione Meets with Business Leaders


SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione at a luncheon Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 where he will speak about business attraction and retnetion initiatives with business leaders.


The luncheon meeting will take place at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St. from 11:30 ...

SCBP Workshop Connects Business with Schools

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Continuing the initiative to build a stronger connection between the Somerset County business community and New Jersey’s education community, the Somerset County Business Partnership will host a workshop to address the connection between business and high school graduates on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 9-10 a.m.

The workshop will take place at the offices of the ...

Somerville Welcomes Iconic Stickley Audi Furniture Store to Downtown Shopping District


SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Aminy Audi, the owner, CEO and matriarch of the iconic Stickley Audi Furniture brand, stood outside their newest acquisition at the corner of Davenport and Main streets Tuesday night, enjoying the moment, surrounded by a crowd of 50 or more well wishers who had come to be a part of the ribbon cutting and opening celebration for their new store.

Accompanied by ...

Somerville: Grand Opening of Stickley Audi Furniture Store Affirms Downtown Resurgence

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Grand Openings on Main Street have been the norm the past several years as the borough’s resurgence as "Somerset County’s Downtown" continues to unfold.

Complete with colored ribbon, oversized shears, grinning politicians and proud retailers, the wave of Grand Openings commemorate the new businesses, specialty stores, boutiques and restaurants that ...

Somerset County Triple-A Ratings Reaffirmed

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s have reaffirmed Somerset County’s Triple-A ratings.

“Somerset County continues its sound financial planning practices, as evidenced by the Triple-A ratings,” said Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione. “Higher ratings mean lower interest rates and substantial savings for our ...


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