CLARK, NJ – Clark Township’s Planning Board unanimously approved the development of a 14,000 square-foot shopping center at the corner of Terminal Avenue and Central Avenue at its Nov. 3 meeting.
In response to concerns about the size of the shopping center, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso said, “This isn't a Clark Commons by any stretch.” However, he said the plan includes upgrades and style elements, such as landscaping, similar to those implemented at Clark Commons.
“We did it intentionally," he said. "We want it to be the best standard it could be. We don't want some hum-drum strip mall."
Revamping the 21-acre mixed use site is the first phase of redeveloping parts of Terminal Ave in a strategic partnership between the township and Denholtz Associates, the developer announced in a press release last week.
“The shopping center will boast a clean, modern design and will be anchored by New York Community Bank and a free-standing Dunkin Donuts featuring a drive thru,” the statement read.
Bonaccorso said the stores will be smaller and not draw crowds such as the larger stores in Clark Commons do.
"We don't expect any new traffic to the area," Bonaccorso said. "The traffic pattern in the area works. The Dunkin Donuts will get the traffic already coming down Central Avenue from Westfield, and the traffic coming down Terminal Avenue from Scotch Plains." He said the drive-through convenience will attract drivers who are already on the roads on their way to the Garden State Parkway.
Current Terminal Avenue tenants include L’Oréal, The Lawbook Exchange, KinderCare Learning Centers, LLC, Retro Fitness and PromptCare.