UNION, NJ – An application for site plan approval came before Union’s Planning Board on Nov. 18 for the development of a portion of the former Schaefer Salt Factory property off Magie Avenue.

Jeffrey Lehrer of DiFrancesco Bateman represented RMS Liberty Place Urban Renewal Entity, LLC, who purchased a portion of what is commonly referred to as the Schaefer Salt redevelopment property. Lehrer said his client is seeking approval to build 153 rental units, of which 130 will be rented at market rates and 23 will be affordable units interspersed throughout the building.  Lehrer said the building will have 51 one-bedroom, 97 two-bedroom, and five three-bedroom apartments. 

No variances and no design waivers are associated with application, said Lehrer.  “This is one hundred percent compliant with all of the design criteria of the redevelopment zone,” he added.  Lehrer added that this is a “spectacular residential project which includes a very exciting and upscale amenity package.”

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According to architect Jerry Simon of Lessard Design and senior designer Alfredo Rodriguez, the 183,070 sq. ft., three-story building will include an outdoor pool, with a courtyard and kitchen with barbeque, outdoor movie area, a fire pit, all to “create a series of spaces for a sense of community”.  Inside amenities will include a yoga room, a club room, a play room, and an indoor movie room.

Craig Peregoy of Dynamic Traffic reviewed a traffic engineering study focused on the Magie Avenue intersection with Shaefer Lane and Harding Road.  Peregoy said the study looked at traffic patterns during peak times, accounting for future traffic growth prior to the proposed development, to obtain a baseline for the study.

Peregoy said the study concludes traffic will operate at acceptable levels of service, tested with the worst case scenario.  “I don’t expect any negative impact from this project,” he added.  He said the proposed site plans would function adequately, appropriately and safely.

The plan was unanimously approved by the Planning Board.