SOMERVILLE, NJ - Pat Mannion, the affable proprietor and owner of Mannion's Irish Pub & Restaurant on West Main Street, has been waiting 20 years for his end of town to reap the benefits of the borough's revitalization.
A bustling downtown with the potential of new customers and a continuing surge in new construction is moving its way in his direction, with a luxury apartment building across the street ready to break ground, a five-story apartment building on his rear property line under construction, and a proposal for a third apartment building next door to his business scheduled for a hearing before the borough's planning board Sept. 25th.
Developer Jack Morris who purchased two storefronts next to Mannion's, wants to knock those buildings down and put up a five-story building with retail on the ground floor and apartments on the upper four floors.
Busy planning for his 20th celebration at the pub and restaurant Friday, Nov. 1st, Mannion plans to take time out to attend the Wednesday night meeting to get a closer look at the plans for the five-story, 45-unit building that would be built west of his location at 150 West Main Street.
The Planning Board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the borough's police headquarters building at 24 So. Bridge St.
A vacant eyesore for years, the dilapidated Somerville Shopping Center sat in decay across the street from Mannion's before the property was purchased by Morris.
Morris developed "The Edge," a five-story luxury apartment on a portion of the property to the east of Mannion's. The ground floor retail establishments include a Starbucks and Wolfgang's steakhouse. The vacant property is what patrons now see when walking out the front door or sitting at the bay windows that look out beyond the sidewalk at Mannion's.
The second phase of "The Edge" will include a 153-unit luxury complex that will mirror the existing Morris property..The Phase Two building will feature a parking deck, rooftop pool, a health and fitness club, restaurants and an outdoor food court and other retail on the ground floor.
The Davenport is being built to the rear of Mannion's. Fronting on Davenport Street, the five-story apartment building is the second project in Somerville built by New Brunswick developer Robert Weiss, who also built the 113-unit Cobalt Apartments on Veterans Memorial Drive adjacent to the NJ Transit line on the eastern side of the borough.