UNION, NJ – Plans for a luxury automobile dealership at the old Hy-Way Bowl site on Route 22 moved another step closer to realization after the proposed redevelopment plan was approved by the Planning Board Thursday night.

Mayor Michele Delisfort, in this year’s New Year’s Day Reorganization speech, announced that the site, which has been vacant for almost four years, would become the new home of Ray Catena luxury automobiles and said demolition and construction will commence in 2021.

According to Nicholas Dickerson of Colliers Engineering and Design, who testified at the Planning Board meeting, the redevelopment area consists of two properties:  a multi-tenant retail/office structure owned by Proverbs, LLC, and a multi-tenant commercial structure owned by Hy-Way Bowl.

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Dickerson said the site is surrounded by Route 22, the Garden State Parkway, Vauxhall Road and Sayre Road North.  It is about 3.7 acres. 

According to a TAPinto Union story on May 1, 2018, a note posted on the doors of the bowling alley said the business was scheduled to close later that month due to “extreme health issues”

Goals of the redevelopment plan, said Dickerson, are to “improve the aesthetic appearance of site and area, provide for an increase in the economic base of the area by revitalizing an underutilized property, direct new development to environmentally suitable sites with access to existing infrastructure, and improve site access and on-site circulation and parking patterns.”

A motion to approve the proposed redevelopment plan was approved unanimously by the Planning Board.