SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At a meeting held this past week, the Springfield Planning Board approved the preliminary and final site plan for the structure set to be constructed at the site of the old Saks Fifth Avenue property.

The approval by the Planning Board was unanimous. According to Springfield Deputy Mayor Chris Capodice, the new development will feature 271 rental units consisting of townhomes and condominiums. 

The front of the main development piece facing Millburn Avenue will be mixed-use residential/commercial, with a retail space fronting Millburn Avenue on the ground floor below several stories of apartments.

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Additionally, the site will contain a residents-only parking garage, new landscaping and more amenities for the currently dilapidated property. Landscape improvements will include new lighting and greenery, a new parking and a new traffic pattern.

In the new development, Springfield will also fulfill part of its obligation to provide several affordable housing units, which has been mandated as a construction necessity by the State Supreme Court for the past few years.

The exact number has not been agreed upon, but the state of New Jersey's Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) has said that around 20 percent of the units should be made to fit the bill.