SPRINGFIELD, N.J.-An extraordinarily long planning board meeting led to the temporary rescheduling of the discussion on a planned property at 226 Morris Ave. The mixed-use residential and commercial property would be located at the corner of Morris Avenue and Church mall, next to the historic First Presbyterian Church.
The reason for the rescheduling was due to a lengthy application for renovations of the property spanning 302-308 Morris Ave., next to the route 78 underpass. Specifically, the application for a preliminary and final site plan of land design.
After that plan was accepted, SPDSAIL, the company behind 226 Morris Ave. began their presentation.
Members of the planning board asked Springfield resident and SDPSAIL attorney Clara Harelik questions about aspects of the building. Those included inquiries about what effects the construction of the building would have on flooding in the area, how the water system would handle increased usage from new residents and how the building would go about with a garbage disposal system.
At the conclusion of the meeting, SPDSAIL had only brought one witness of the four forward. When TAPinto asked Harelik about her first witness after the meeting, she said that she felt he was able to answer any questions raised.
“I believe that the one witness we had adequately answered the board’s questions,” Harelik said. “We have three more witnesses who will address any other issues raised.”
Harelik added that at the November meeting, the group would be bringing forward experts in the fields of engineering, traffic planning and architecture to help make their case.
Also of note, Township Engineer Sam Mardini provided the planning board with his notes after a preliminary visual inspection of the former Saks Fifth Avenue property. Mardini said that even just looking at the inside of the structure, he could tell it was in disrepair.
The planning board will hear further discussion about the Saks property and resume testimony and public comment on the planned 226 Morris Ave. project at their meeting next month. That meeting will take place Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at town hall.