UNION, NJ – About 50 Township residents attended a community meeting Thursday night to get information on the proposed development of the old Hawk’s Tavern site at 2140 Springfield Avenue in the Vauxhall section of town.

Located at the corner of Springfield and Crestview Avenues, the proposed development includes a Spanish-themed restaurant on the ground floor and three apartments on the second floor.  The restaurant will have seating for 58 with occupancy for another 42 in the lounge area. 

“The building will have a residential look with a Spanish flare,” said Frank Lawrence of James Guerra Architects. 

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There are three proposed upstairs apartments:  one 1-bedroom, with approximately 400 sq. ft., and two 2-bedroom apartments with approximately 748 sq. ft. and 698 sq. ft.  There will be separate access to the apartments.  The plan calls for a parking lot with capacity for 28 parking spots, six allocated for the apartments.

Attorney Steve Hehl, representing the developer, indicated that nothing has yet been submitted to the town.  “We wanted to get input as to how residents feel about the project first,” said Hehl.

Residents at the community meeting voiced their concerns about parking, deliveries and potential noise.  Lawrence reviewed the plans for the footprint of the site, including the layout of the building on the property, parking and landscaping.

Concerned about the safety of children crossing Crestview Avenue and about increased traffic on that street, residents asked about the possibility of making it a one-way street and/or restricting parking on the street.  Deputy Mayor Suzette Cavadas said changes to traffic patterns and parking would need to be evaluated by the Township.

In response to a question about the lounge’s hours, Cavadas said, “there are ordinances in place in the town.  All businesses have to follow these ordinances.” 

A site plan has not yet been submitted to the Township, but it is anticipated that plans and engineers will be before the Zoning Board at their December or January meeting.  The public is welcomed at that meeting for questions and comments.