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Nutley Leaders and others on 'the Hoffman La Roche Redevelopment" On Three (Part II)

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'Roche' campus showing Nutley and Clifton portions. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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On Three site showing Building 101 from the Nutley side. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Former Roche parking lot situated between High Street and Kingsland. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Former Roche parking lot situated between High Street and Kingsland. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Former Roche parking lot situated between High Street and Kingsland. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Construction entrance for Seton Hall Medical School project. Credits: John Lee / TapInto Nutley
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NUTLEY, NJ -  “Live, work and play [On Three] is a concept that Prism has voiced since the beginning.” Nutley Mayor Dr. Joseph Scarpelli told TAPinto Nutley. 

Scarpelli’s comment to TAPinto Nutley was in response to a social media post: "How about just "Work, Learn, and Play. Save the "Live" part until after public meetings, input and review by the Nutley planning board?” Scarpelli also said: “What ultimately gets developed will have to be approved by both Nutley and Clifton.”

On the Nutley side, the Mayor is “very excited about some of the prospective tenants for buildings No. 1, 102 and 76. The medical school as an anchor plus more tenants on site, will have a positive impact on Nutley’s economy, including high quality job prospects for our citizens.”  Scarpelli stated that ‘when all of the components come together’, he anticipates an increase in Nutley property values.

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“A development plan in draft form has been received by the Board of Commissioners. It is Prism’s first step to get the ball rolling. It’s their ‘let’s start talking’ plan.” Scarpelli added. 

When asked if he anticipated a survey or a committee, comprised of citizens, to assist the Planning Board in reviewing and assessing Prism’s redevelopment plans, he responded: “Not at this time.” Scarpelli added that there will definitely be public input on the plan. “Anything is possible as we move forward. We will consult with the planner once they are hired.”

The mayor confirmed that the Board of Commissioners will be conducting interviews for a development planner in the near future. He said Dave Roberts, the planner originally hired for Phase I, is no longer associated with Maser Consulting and is unavailable to continue working on plan revisions.

“Our Township Planner [Paul Ricci] will be involved, just in a different capacity. A specific planner that specializes in redevelopment is also needed.” The Mayor added that the Commissioners will conduct initial interviews with candidates ‘soon’ and will advertise a request for proposal (RFP) if needed.

Regarding the plan, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr said “We’re going to get housing on High Street where there was parking.” DiVincenzo spoke with a Nutley resident at the ‘Meet the Essex County Mayors’ event April 1 in North Caldwell, NJ. TAPinto was an event sponsor. The parking lot backs onto High Street, primary access is on Kingsland. 

Regarding the Medical School, Scarpelli said he is excited about the positive impact for Nutley’s schools. At the January 17, 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting, Medical School Dean Dr. Bonita Stanton, expressed the school’s intention to use their faculty to provide learning opportunities for Nutley students and services for Nutley residents.

“The Medical School’s desire to partner with our High School is another positive coming out of this development.” Scarpelli added that while they are currently focused on obtaining accreditation, he anticipates public input on ideas for collaboration between the school and Township of Nutley.

Nutley School’s Superintendent, Dr. Julie Glazer told TAPinto Nutley: “In my initial conversations with Dr. Stanton I was so energized by her willingness to partner with the school district.  The Medical School has the potential to be a tremendous asset to our programming not only at Nutley High School, but throughout the district.”

During the January 17 meeting with the Board of Commissioners Dr. Stanton said: “Our students will be spending a lot of time out in the community.” She told the commissioners she would love to have their thoughts, about ways, beyond an economic engine, medical school students and faculty excited about engaging with the community, could be helpful.

Commissioner Rogers stated that he would like to see ‘a throw back to the old days when we had doctors come to the house.’ In addition he said the Public Affairs department receives an overwhelming number of calls from parents of children with special needs and autism and suggested that something be established to lend assistance to them.

On a lighter note, Commissioner Evans said that the seven schools in town all have Tricky Trays and all look for fundraising support. He also suggested there are ‘things that can be done to support our high school faculty and possibly a scholarship in the future.’

After reading the TAPinto Nutley article announcing ‘On Three’ as the name for the overall redevelopment of the former Hoffman La Roche campus, Nutley homeowner Tammy Alexander Rossi stated: "I maintain we press the boards to approve only 55+ apartments going further, to prevent further burden on our schools."

Dan Cleary, Nutley business owner said: “I'm excited to hear things are moving forward. In a relatively short time the first tenants will be in. We'll be very interested to be involved with the upcoming meetings and to see who the other prospective tenants will be.” 

Dan owns Philly Pretzel Factory on Franklin Ave. Philly Pretzel Factory opened in October 2016.

Note: If any Nutley EDAC members would like to contribute to TAPinto Nutley’s next article on the Roche redevelopment project: ‘On Three: Part II, please contact us at Nutley@TAPinto.net. TAPinto Nutley reached out to a 2016 EDAC member and business owner who did not respond. To date, there have been no public notices of meetings of the Nutley Economic Development Advisory Committee. 

TAPinto Nutley is in the process of confirming with Prism if the plan submitted to the Nutley Board of Commissioners includes housing on this parking lot.

Link to Hoffman LaRoche Redevelopment page: http://www.nutleynj.org/roche

Link to article on Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Founding Dean Bonita Stanton: https://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/jersey-celebrities/dr-bonita-stanton-dream-job/

Link to Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine website: http://www.shu.edu/medicine/

Philly Pretzel Factory: https://phillypretzelfactory.com/locations/nutley/

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