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Applications for 750 Walnut Ave. and Birchwood Ave. Adjourned to Later Dates

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Hartz Mountain Industries is attempting to rezone and develop 905 apartment units at 750 Walnut Avenue in Cranford, which is currently a commercial zone. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
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CRANFORD, NJ – Applications for the redevelopment of 750 Walnut Avenue and 215-235 Birchwood Avenue will not be reviewed at the next planning board meeting, multiple sources told TAPinto Cranford.

Hartz’s application will be adjourned until May 16, according to James Rhatican of Hartz Mountain Industries. The adjournment was also confirmed by Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley, who sits on the planning board.

The Birchwood application will be adjourned to March 21, according to Mark Rothman, board attorney.

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“There was a request for additional documents,” Rothman said. "It's not unusual in a big presentation like this."

The redevelopment plan for the Birchwood property was presented to the township committee last November.

The developer is expected to close on the property following site plan approval from the planning board, according to an announcement made by the township committee last July. As of now, the township still owns the property.

On Tuesday, the township committee passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr. to execute documents pertaining to the Birchwood redevelopment, including permit applications, on behalf of the township.

The planning board will hold its second February meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Both adjournments will officially be announced at that time.

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