News Articles 2022 – 2023

(In order articles are posted. Latest update:  January 2, 2023)

Hartz Hearing Wraps Up; Vote Expected January 18
Dec 21, 2022 – Westfield Leader – The hearing for 750 Walnut Avenue closed December 14 at the Cranford Planning Board meeting with lots of suggestions from residents and Hartz Mountain Industries finishing their testimony…

Westfield Prepares to Bond $29MM For Parking Decks, Improvements
Dec 21, 2022 – Westfield Leader – Following rising questions from the public, on Monday evening town officials and consultants presented a first look at financials related to the One Westfield Place redevelopment project and the potential impact to the town’s budget…

Residents Voice Concerns on Westfield Redevelopment
Dec 14, 2022 – Westfield Leader – Residents took to the podium at Tuesday’s town council meeting to express their concerns surrounding the One Westfield Place redevelopment project…

One Westfield Place: Town Talks Financials for Lord & Taylor Redevelopment
Dec 20, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – Estimates provided by the town during an online presentation Monday night show a strong financial incentive for the municipality to approve the transformative One Westfield Place project and accompanying PILOT agreement proposed by HBC | Streetworks Development…

These 5 Spots Would See Traffic Changes Under Westfield Development Proposal
Dec 16, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – A traffic light at a troublesome intersection, crossing signals where there are none today and a “road diet” to benefit pedestrian safety are in the cards for Westfield if it approves a sweeping redevelopment plan for its downtown…

Westfield Residents Ask Town To Scale Down Lord & Taylor Redevelopment
Dec 15, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – Following the release of a petition asking the town to rethink a proposed development project at the former Lord & Taylor building and the town’s train station parking lots, some residents voiced their disapproval for the project at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting…

$317 Million Financing Package Finalized for Phase 1 of The Crossings at Brick Church Station Mixed-Use Project in East Orange, NJ
Nov 30, 2022 – Real Estate Weekly – Triangle Equities along with investment partners Goldman Sachs and Basis Investment Group and co-developer partner incline Capital announced today that they have finalized a complex financing package…

A judge just upheld Paterson’s approval of this 171-unit apartment building
Nov 30, 2022 – northjersey.com – Plans for a 171-unit apartment building, which would be the largest in Paterson’s Lakeview neighborhood, survived a court challenge on Monday when a judge upheld the city’s approval of the $50 million project…

New Jersey’s wetlands are drowning, putting coastal homeowners at risk
Nov 30, 2022 – Asbury Park Press – New Jersey has lost about 40 percent of its original wetlands…

In the Ironbound: The historic Newark neighborhood is N.J.’s most vibrant dining destination. Locals fear for its future as gentrification looms.
Nov 30, 2022 – NJ.com – To walk the streets of the Ironbound is to traverse oceans and continents — a panorama of cultures and cuisines packed into four square miles…

Montclair’s Third Ward Community Meeting Addresses Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment Concerns
Nov 30, 2022 – TAPintoMontclair – – A third community meeting on the topic of the redevelopment of Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair was held on November 29…

Where did all the affordable NJ middle-class homes go? Here is what needs to change
Nov 21, 2022 – Asbury Park Press – Data shows the number of properties owned by LLCs has grown, warping the housing market in New Jersey…

Bayonne residential projects likely to resume as city study ends
Nov 13, 2022 – NJ.com – A Bayonne study of recent residential development has promising results that make at least one elected official confident that a city pause on such projects will soon end…

News from the Oct. 25 Montville Township Committee Meeting
Nov 11, 2022 – TAPintoMontville – The township changed its redevelopment plan for the lots on Route 46 west in Pine Brook into a non-condemnation plan as explained at the meeting by sub-contracted township planner Joseph Burgis…

Jersey City mayor wins redevelopment fight, rips nonprofit
Nov 10, 2022 – The Real Deal – The mayor of Jersey City is declaring victory in a development fight next to Berry Lane Park, and publicly ripping the opposition to boot…

Bergen-Lafayette high-rise to move forward after plaintiff drops lawsuit
Nov 10, 2022 – NJ.com – A controversial 17-story building next to Berry Lane Park is expected to move forward after a local group voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit against the project…

Court rejects bid to overturn Jersey City plan to designate area of Downtown for redevelopment
Nov 3, 2022 – NJ.com – A state appellate panel has upheld Jersey City approvals to designate a Downtown site as a condemnation area in need of redevelopment, clearing the way for a project that may include a much-needed school…

Jersey City multifamily binge: Two more sites trade for $21M
Nov 3, 2022 – The Real Deal – DHA Capital plans 136-unit building on West Side months after filing for 365-unit project down the street…

Jersey City approves Kushner, Silverstein’s 1,200-unit megaproject
Oct 27, 2022 – The Real Deal – It’s full steam ahead for two prominent developers in Jersey City, one of which is already dominating the Journal Square skyline…

MetroPark to become more than a train station under plan to build offices, apartments
Oct 12, 2022 – NJ.com – A “soulless” 12-acre parking lot that’s sat dormant since the coronavirus pandemic next to the MetroPark train station in Woodbridge will become a mixed use development with several hundred apartments…

Army Corps Seeks Union County Residents’ Feedback on Flood Study
Oct 8, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – While residents and leaders in flood-stricken areas of [Union] county await flood control improvements to the Rahway River, the Army Corps of Engineers is seeking feedback on a more wide-ranging “NY & NJ Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study.”…

One Westfield Place Redevelopment Preview Center Opens
OCT 4, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – Westfield, NJ — Aiming for public buy-in…has opened a place where the public can both provide feedback and pose questions about the proposal…

Judge’s order a win for both sides in Drew U. vs. Madison affordable housing case
Sep 20, 2022 – NJ.com – Madison Borough must include undeveloped acres of Drew University property in the town’s calculation of land available for affordable housing…

Owner wants to turn shuttered N.J. Lord & Taylor into big downtown redevelopment
Sep 20, 2022 – NJ.com – The plan calls for 240 residential units, 310,000 square feet of office space and 27,000 square feet of street-level retail…

Westfield Lord & Taylor Redevelopment Plans Include Offices, Housing, Retail
Sep 21, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – Offices, apartments and two parking garages are proposed as part of a plan to redevelop the shuttered Lord & Taylor building on North Avenue…

Plans for Westfield Lord & Taylor Site, Train Lots to be Presented Tuesday
Sep 17, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – “Details of the entire project, including supporting documentation, renderings and facts will be presented,” Mayor Brindle said…

Retail, office planned for Woodbridge residential neighborhood
Sep 17, 2022 – Newsbreak – A multiuse building with a jewelry store and office space is planned for an Iselin residential neighborhood…

Edison residents call for public advocate in planning, zoning issues
Sep 17, 2022 – Newsbreak – Will Edison one day have a public advocate to represent the concerns of residents when major proposals come before the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment? Maybe…

‘Exceptionally decrepit’ Raritan Mall qualifies for redevelopment. Now what?
Sep 17, 2022 – Newsbreak – The [Raritan] borough is taking another step toward the potential redevelopment of the nearly vacant Raritan Mall…

Branchburg, developer back at planning stage following out-of-court settlement
Sep 15, 2022 – Newsbreak – he township Planning Board has started hearing a proposal to construct two buildings on Industrial Parkway with a combined size of 10 football fields, connect the two dead ends of Industrial Parkway and construct a new traffic light on Readington Road…

Cranford Joins Other Municipalities in COAH Lawsuit Against the Governor
Sep 15, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – Cranford has joined 12 other municipalities in a lawsuit against New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy for a failure to appoint members to the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH)…

Driveways for Walnut Ave. Redevelopment Questioned
Sep 14, 2022 – Westfield Leader – Heated words and questions abounded in front of the Cranford Planning Board September 9 over the Hartz Mountain redevelopment on 750 Walnut…

Westfield Legion Introduces Multi-Purpose Housing Proposal
Sep 14, 2022 – Westfield Leader – On Tuesday, dozens of residents, veterans and town officials gathered at Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 in Westfield to discuss an innovative project that would see the North Avenue facility converted into a multi-purpose, modern venue that could help local vets find the safety, comfort and security of home…

Cranford’s Traffic Engineer Agrees with Lowering Speed Limit, Proposed Aligned Driveways for 750 Walnut
Sep 13, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – Other mitigation measures, such as crosswalks and flashing beacons, were also discussed…

Cranford Joins 12 Towns In Affordable Housing Lawsuit Against Murphy
Sep 12, 2022 – Cranford Patch – The lawsuit claims that Gov. Murphy is violating the Fair Housing Act by failing to appoint members to the Council on Affordable Housing…

Packing more punch: NJ groups that oppose affordable housing projects wield new tools
Sep 12, 2022 – northjersey.com – Deciding where to build affordable housing in New Jersey rarely goes smoothly, and residents who oppose projects with low-income units have been growing even more organized…

Massive mixed-use expansion planned for Berkeley Heights’ Connell Corporate Park
Sep 12, 2022 – MyCentralJersey.com – The long-anticipated expansion of the Connell Corporate Park, including 328 apartments and retail buildings, will be heard by the township Planning Board on Sept. 29…

East Brunswick’s massive Route 18 redevelopment plan could take first step
Sep 12, 2022 – MyCentralJersey – The first phase of an ambitious plan for a $500 million mixed-use redevelopment project on Route 18 is moving closer to construction…

Jersey City to present scaled-back embankment development plan at meeting Wednesday
Sep 6, 2022 – NJ.com – High-rises planned for the naturally forested Sixth Street Embankment in Downtown Jersey City just got significantly smaller…

Redeveloper of 22-story complex in Bayonne working toward resolution compliance
Sep 1, 2022 – Hudson Reporter – The project, most recently approved in 2019, is still in the works with city officials…

Reversal of fortune: Apartments will rise over Morristown storefronts
Sep 1, 2022 – Morristowngreen.com – Joseph Milelli finally crossed the finish line on Wednesday, securing municipal approvals to add three floors of apartments above storefronts at the corner of South and DeHart streets in downtown Morristown…

Route 12 in Flemington eyed for townhome development
Aug 30, 2022 – Newsbreak – The residential development boom in the county seat may be continuing…

Kushners look behind Loew’s theater for next Journal Square skyscrapers
Aug 29, 2022 – NJ.com – The New Jersey real-estate mogul family is continuing to lay out transformative plans to reshape the Jersey City neighborhood with skyscrapers…

Garden State Plaza Mall to Transition to Mixed Use Property: 550 Luxury Apartments Planned
Aug 23, 2022 – TAPintoPlainfield – The Garden State Plaza is going to be transformed from its current state as a retail shopping outlet to a mixed use complex, including 550 luxury apartments…

Pedestrian Safety, Increased Traffic, and Mitigation Measures for 750 Walnut Discussed at Planning Board Meeting
Aug 22, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – Traffic testimony for the proposed development at 750 Walnut Avenue took over two and a half hours at the August 17 meeting of the Cranford Planning Board, and it is not over yet…

New Brunswick approves massive redevelopment plan for Jersey Avenue
Aug 18, 2022 – MyCentralJersey.com – A big change is coming to Jersey Avenue with the Planning Board’s recent approval of a mixed-use development with 660 residential units, 121,000 square feet of commercial space and a parking garage…

Sheraton to Mahwah: We are not blighted
Aug 17, 2022 – The Real Deal – he owners of the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel are fighting back against the town, two months after it moved to condemn the property…

Westfield Targets Flood Mitigation, Joins Towns in River Plan
Aug 29, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – Meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, joining a regional group advocating Rahway River flood control and local stream cleanings are among Westfield’s latest flood mitigation efforts…

Everything We Know Now About Westfield’s Prospect + Ferris Redevelopment
Jul 30, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – Final site plan approval for an apartment building, commercial space and community amenity is on the planning board’s Monday agenda…

Commission in Westfield Cautions Developer on Moving Historic House
Jul 27, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission offered advisory comments to the developers of The Sophia, a 60-unit apartment building planned for .96 acres…

Affordable Housing Development On Morristown Planning Agenda
Jul 26, 2022 – Patch.com Morristown – A 90-unit affordable housing complex proposal in Morristown will be presented to the planning board on Thursday…

NJ Has the ‘3rd Best School System in America,’ WalletHub Says
Jul 25, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – For the second year in a row, the personal finance website WalletHub has ranked the state as having the third “best school system” in the nation…

This N.J. city is now America’s most expensive for renters, site says
Jul 29, 2022 – NJ.com – If you’re a renter in Jersey City, we salute you. You’re paying the highest rent prices in the entire country, according to a report conducted by listings service Rent.com… Your neighbors in Hoboken also made the list of the Top 10 highest rents in the country, clocking in at No. 7…

Rents in New Jersey remain unaffordable despite pandemic aid, report finds
Jul 28, 2022 – newjerseymonitor.com – New Jersey remains among the least affordable states in the nation for renters, with a minimum-wage worker having to work 96 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition..

Cranford Planning Board Hears First Round Testimony for 750 Walnut
Jul 23, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – Five years later, the fight over 750 Walnut Avenue is far from over…

NJ warehouse market still red-hot despite economic headwinds
Jul 18, 2022 – NJ Spotlight News – As the debate rages over warehouses’ unprecedented expansion in the state, demand for warehousing throughout New Jersey continues to exceed supply, pushing rents up and vacancies down, and driving growth to record highs in the state’s northern and central regions…

Appellate Division Upholds Englewood Cliff’s Affordable Housing Settlement Agreement
Jul 15, 2022 – Insider NJ – Earlier today, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey sided with Fair Share Housing Center when it found Englewood Cliffs in violation of their settlement agreement under the Mount Laurel Doctrine. The Court declared that “the time for delaying constitutional compliance is over.” The decision clears the way for the very first affordable homes in Englewood Cliffs to be built…

Massive warehouse project approved but faces more scrutiny
Jul 7, 2022 – NJ Spotlight News – A bitterly contested plan to build one of New Jersey’s biggest warehouse complexes now goes before Mercer County officials who are already echoing community concerns that the project will generate too much truck traffic…

Bridgewater Planning Board endorses redevelopment plan for Route 202-206 property
July 1, 2022 – Home News Tribune / My Central Jersey – The township’s planning board has taken the first steps in implementing the settlement over the litigation in the project formerly known as the Center of Excellence…

Cranford Joins Municipal Alliance In Fair Share Housing Fight
Jul 6, 2022 – Westfield Leader – Mayor Prunty, along with representatives from nine other municipalities … signed off on official communication to Governor Phil Murphy asking him to appoint new members to the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) in accordance with the New Jersey Fair Housing Act (FHA).

A JCPenney could close as a result of N.J. mall shakeup
Jul 8, 2022 – NJ.com – … Kushner Companies, the mall’s owner, recently proposed knocking down the JCPenney store to replace it with apartments…

Plan revised for one of Plainfield’s largest mixed-use developments
Jul 8, 2022 – Mycentraljersey – A plan to build a new gateway to the city’s downtown will be returning to the Plainfield Planning Board this month…

Major redevelopment of former Sears on Route 1 in New Brunswick moving forward
Jul 6, 2022 – Mycentralnj.com – Plans for 190 townhouses, 530 apartments, a restaurant and retail stores on the 30-acre Route 1 site of the former Sears are set to go before the Planning Board next week…

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