News Articles 2021 – 2022

(In order articles are posted. Latest update:  May 15, 2022)

Residents Petition Against Plans for Westfield Apartments. See New Renderings
May 11, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – A developer’s plan to build a 64-unit apartment building on a residential street in downtown Westfield continues to draw criticism from residents and support from the town’s government that on Tuesday defended its role in the redevelopment process…

Don’t Even Think About Turning Left at This Westfield Intersection
May 10, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – …It is among a series of changes at the intersection [of Prospect and East Broad] that were approved by the town council following a traffic study prompted by the proposal to build a 64-unit apartment building nearby at Prospect Street and Ferris Place…

Change coming to NJ’s affordable housing rules?
May 3, 2022 – NJ Spotlight News – New Jersey’s “outdated” process to determine affordable housing requirements, rules already opposed by many municipal officials and Republican lawmakers, should be changed, the Democratic head of the Senate budget committee [Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen)] now says…

Westfield Planning Board Approves 10 Housing Units on .41 Acres
May 3, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – The project is planned for a vacant site where the White Diamond Diner stood decades ago…

Former Westfield Councilman Joins Residents in Opposing Apartment Plans
Apr 29, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – Former Westfield Councilman Jim Boyes joined a chorus of town residents at Tuesday’s council meeting in opposing plans for a 64-unit apartment building on the corner of Prospect Street and Ferris Place…

Letter: Mayors Working Together Across 5 NJ Towns to Improve Mobility, Public Safety
Apr 26, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – The mayors of 5 Union County towns [Westfield, Cranford, Garwood, Scotch Plains, Fanwood] say they are implementing an interrelated planning approach along certain corridors…

Residents make it clear what they want in redevelopment project
Mar 20, 2022 – Union News Daily – In a survey asking residents for their opinions, most of Cranford’s population told the town’s planning firm that they do not want the Mayor’s Park with the gazebo, Cranford Fire Department and the North Union Avenue parking lot to be part of the North Avenue Gateway redevelopment project…

Pair of Developers Seek to Build Multifamily Housing in Westfield
Apr 1, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – The planning board is to consider an application for 40 units at one North Avenue location and variances concerning 10 units at another…

Warren Planning Board Hearing on Hills at Warren
Mar 2, 2022 – TAPintoWarren – The Warren Township planning board on Monday heard testimony from K.Hovnanian’s planner, traffic expert and attorney on the proposed 192-unit complex…
UPDATE: Approved April 26, 2022

Work underway on restoration of land for Union County’s Passaic River Parkway
Mar 18, 2022 – Union News Daily – The Union County Board of County Commissioners has announced that work is progressing on the acquisition of a vacant property located at 735-737 Springfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights, to be added to the Passaic River Parkway county park…

New legislative maps will see some towns changing districts
Mar 14, 2022 – Union News Daily – … Though most Union County towns are remaining in their current district, four are moving. Cranford and Roselle Park will be going from the 21st district to the 22nd. Hillside will move from the 20th district to the 28th. Kenilworth, which is currently in the 21st district, will be moving to the 20th district…

Rahway River Watershed Seeks to Educate Public on Stormwater Utility Law and How to Prevent the Next Flood
Mar 7, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – Over the last several months, much talk in Union County, and throughout the state, has focused on the continuing effects and aftermath of storms, hurricanes, and flooding on local communities, especially those along waterways such as the Rahway River…

64 Apartments Planned for a Corner in Westfield. Neighbors Ask: What About Traffic?
Mar 4, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – A 64-unit apartment building planned for the corner of Prospect Street and Ferris Place has raised the concern of neighbors who believe the addition of the four-story building will worsen traffic in what they describe as an already busy neighborhood…

Plainfield, N.J.: A Diverse City With Historic Housing
Mar 2, 2022 – NY Times – …Overall, according to city officials, the city is expected to add about 3,000 apartments during the next few years…

Developer nixes $310 million Downtown Jersey City project that included a school, blames city officials
Feb 18, 2022 – NJ.com – A major developer has pulled out of a $300 million Downtown Jersey City project that included a much-needed school, The Jersey Journal has learned…

Monmouth Mall Plans To Tear Down Parking Garage
Feb 17, 2022 – Patch.com – Kushner Cos. plans to tear down the parking garage. Also, the fate of Monmouth Mall hinges on a redevelopment plan drafted by Eatontown…

Plainfield Council Talking Redevelopment on Tuesday
Feb 14, 2022 – TAPintoPlainfield – The February council meeting includes a number of resolutions on redevelopment in Plainfield, including the Koinonia Academy property and public parking municipal lot 6 that could see the development of a five-story building with 83 market-rate residential units…

Ho-Ho-Kus Planning Board will Discuss High Density Development Project on North Maple Avenue Corridor
Feb 14, 2022 – Ridgewood Blog – …While the project will reside in Ho-Ho-Kus the greatest impact will be felt in Ridgewood . The project will create a profound transformation of the neighborhood which will affect the whole North Maple Avenue corridor…

‘Storyliving’: Disney to develop US residential communities, starting in California
Feb 17, 2022 – Fox13.com – The Walt Disney Company announced plans this week to develop residential communities across the U.S., including the first in California’s Coachella Valley, that will be geared toward fans and “infused with the company’s special brand of magic.”…

Opinion: How we can solve the nation’s affordable housing crisis:
Feb 16, 2022 – CNN – Millions of Americans are losing out on the chance to reap the benefits of homeownership because of a supply shortage…

Historic Noe Pond Club in Chatham Township to be purchased, preserved by member group
Feb 15, 2022 – Daily Record – A group of club members has teamed with a local service business to purchase and preserve the historic Noe Pond Club in Chatham Township…

Far Hills approves affordable housing and townhomes off Route 202. Here’s the plan
Feb 12, 2022 – Yahoo News – Even one of the richest towns in New Jersey isn’t immune to the affordable housing construction boom. The borough Planning Board has approved 105 townhomes and 29 apartments…

N.J. town appoints redeveloper to reconstruct nation’s first shopping outlet into housing units
Feb 10, 2022 – NJ.com – Flemington Borough Council passed a resolution on Jan. 24 entering into an agreement with Hoboken Brownstone Company to redevelop Liberty Village, turning the nation’s first outlet center into a mixed use housing complex…

Chatham Township Committee Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Preserving 53-Acre Drew Forest; Media Upgrades Coming
Feb 9, 2022 – TAPintoChatham – The Chatham Township Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of preserving the 53-acre Drew Forest at its regular meeting on Tuesday night…

Watchung reaches $32 million agreement for 230 apartments on Bonnie Burn Road
Jan 17, 2022 – Yahoo News – The plan to build 230 apartments on Bonnie Burn Road, now being challenged in Superior Court, will generate $32 million in revenue for the borough over the next three decades…

Flooding, Traffic Top Concerns as Westfield Board Approves 162 Units at Nursery
Feb 8, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – The board approved the housing for 522 Springfield Ave. following extensive testimony from the applicant’s experts and a promise from the developer that he would increase the capacity of the site to mitigate stormwater runoff. The housing would replace the garden center…

N.J. to get $1B to address flooding, climate change after Hurricane Ida. Here’s where it goes.
Jan 20, 2022 – NJ.com – For close to five decades, efforts to address flooding in the Green Brook sub-basin near the Raritan River have been stymied by the lack of federal funding. But the project, which began in 1973, may finally be completed…

Watchung reaches $32 million agreement for 230 apartments on Bonnie Burn Road
Jan 17, 2022 – archive.today – … Mayor Keith S. Balla announced the borough has negotiated
a new Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement with Bonnie Burn Redevelopers Urban
Renewal, part of Sterling Properties of Livingston…

Ocean County Seeking to Purchase Troubled RV Park, Clear Land for $7.4M
Jan 13, 2022 – Toms River Shorebeat – Ocean County is considering the purchase of the Surf and Stream Campground near the border of Manchester and Toms River townships, the latest proposal that could see the crime-plagued property depopulated and returned to its natural state beside the upper branches of the Toms River…

New Brunswick Plans to Redevelop Route 1 Sears Tract into Townhouses, Retail Space
Jan 12, 2022 – TAPintoHillsborough – A redevelopment plan unveiled at Monday night’s Planning Board meeting calls for the existing structures on sprawling tract where Sears stood for decades to be leveled. About 600 townhouse units…

Plainfield Planning Board to Hear from Applicant on 71-Unit Multifamily Building
Jan 8, 2022 – TAPintoPlainfield – Plainfield’s Planning Board members will hear from Communipaw Associates, LLC at its January meeting regarding the Applicant’s property at 110-120 West 6th Street…

Westfield’s Town Planner Talks Affordable Housing
Jan 5, 2022 – Westfield Leader – As Westfield looks to the new year, many of the town’s
ongoing and oft-contested redevelopment projects will be moving into the next stages of
completion. The rapid influx of new construction has left many residents with unanswered
questions about what can be built and where…

NJ Awards Over $5 Million to Build 26 Units of Affordable Housing in South Orange
Jan 5, 2022 – The Village Green – The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
(NJHMFA) has awarded over $5 million in tax credits to fund the development of the South
Orange Commons affordable housing project to be located at 41-45 West Third Street in
downtown South Orange…

New NJ Regulations Coming To Combat Future Flooding: DEP
Jan 7, 2022 – Patch Cranford – The Garden State will be releasing a set of regulations aiming to curb the threat of flooding and force development projects to adapt to the climate change threat, according to state officials…

Five-story rule change in Belmar tabled on technicality
Dec 23, 2021 – Star News Group – A vote on a rule change to allow for five-story development in the borough had to be abruptly canceled mid-meeting as it was brought to the attention of the borough’s professionals that there was an error in the meeting advertisement notice…

Westfield Board Hears Plans for 162 Units, Including Affordable, at Garden Center
Dec 14, 2021 – TAPintoWestfield – A developer is one step closer to building 162 housing
units in three buildings at the site of a garden center on Springfield Avenue…

Vermella At Garwood Station Launches Leasing
Nov 18, 2021 – Patch Clark-Garwood – Russo Development announced the launch of leasing at Vermella at Garwood Station, bringing to market the latest upscale rental…

64 Apartments, Historic Cultural Center Proposed in Westfield
Nov 24, 2021 – TAPintoWestfield – The public got an early look this week at plans to build a 64-unit apartment building and convert an historic home next to it into a cultural center just outside the heart of the downtown…

Sierra Club: Proposed Colts Neck Manor raises environmental concerns
Nov 10, 2021 – centraljersey.com – The Colts Neck Planning Board held a special meeting on Nov. 3 to vote on the Colts Neck Manor development. The proposal is for a 360-unit, high density housing complex including 72 units of affordable housing with (a total of) approximately 1,000 residents…

Cranford Calls Foul After Owner Uses Spray-Paint, Plywood to Protest Board’s Action
Nov 8, 2021 – TAPintoCranford – Despite receiving a violation, plywood signs with messages of “danger” and “don’t walk in front” remain on the facade of 24 South Avenue West, the EF Britten & Co building…

400-year-old N.J. forest cut down for fake turf field may be to blame for rock slide after Ida
Nov 8, 2021 – NJ.com – West Orange: …the runoff seemed to get worse following completion of a major expansion of Seton Hall Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex in 2017…

With County’s $2.5M Buy, 1.5 Acres in Berkeley Heights to Become Green Space
Oct 30, 2021 – TAPintoWestfield – The Passaic River Parkway in Berkeley Heights grew some this week, when the Union County Board of Commissioners acquired the Berkeley Plaza property. The acquisition of the Springfield Avenue property will be covered by Union County’s Open Space Trust Fund…

NJ Politicians Want to Talk about ‘Climate Change’, While Not Revising Land Use
Sep 12, 2021 – NJ Insider – In the aftermath of Tropical Strom Ida, the issue you will
absolutely not hear spoken about with depth or meaning in this election ironically inhabits,
with particularly urgent and deadly consequences, the heart of the mangled state of New
Jersey…

Westfield Planning Board OKs South Avenue Site Plan Application
Sep 15, 2021 – Westfield Leader – The South Side Redevelopment Plan, known as Westfield Crossing, moved one step closer to commencing construction after the Westfield Planning
Board approved an application September 8 for a site plan for South Avenue East, Block 3307, Lots 1 and 2…

Hoboken municipal lot may be solution for developer being asked to reduce height of proposed 18-story building
Sep 9, 2021 – NJ.com – A public parking lot may be added to the Western Edge Redevelopment Zone this month, giving the city a new bargaining chip as it negotiates for a height decrease of a proposed 18-story building…

North Bergen Housing Authority Breaks Ground on Meadow Hill Complex
Sep 8, 2021 – HudsonTV – The North Bergen Housing Authority broke ground today on the future site of Meadow Hill, a 61 unit building of one bedroom apartments that will house section 8 residents, seniors, senior veterans and disabled persons…

Jersey City pols say they’ll start over on ordinance to guarantee developers provide affordable housing
Aug 13, 2021 – NJ.com – Jersey City elected officials are apparently headed back to the drawing board after a judge struck down the city’s controversial inclusionary zoning ordinance as illegal…

There’s not enough affordable housing in Newark, study says. Mayor unveils plan to build more.
Aug 9, 2021 – NJ.com – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Monday promised to create or preserve 6,600 affordable units in Newark by 2026, a number that is below what experts say is needed in Newark right now…

Rutgers Center Study Shows Dire Need for Affordable Rental Housing in Newark
Feb 24, 2021 – Rutgers Law School – Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Newark did not have enough affordable housing for its renter population, with nearly 60 percent of Newark renters spending more than a third of their incomes on housing…

A Glimpse Into the Future of Downtown Scotch Plains
Aug 12, 2021 – TAPinto Scotch Plains –  … The plan involves the redevelopment of 9.5 acres
of municipally-owned properties, plus the Rescue Squad lot, that have been underused and
have stifled economic growth for years…

Firm Wants to Build Mixed-Use Development near Little Falls Train Station
Aug 4, 2021 – Jersey Digs – A suburban Passaic County township might soon have a new mixed-use development within a half-mile walk of one of its two train stations…

Gandolfini family helps open The James, upscale multifamily development in Park Ridge
Aug 4, 2021 – Jersey Digs – Five-story, 240-unit property by Claremont Development honors beloved actor, James Gandolfini, called ‘patron saint’ of community…

Massive 1,100-Unit ‘Bayview’ Development Heads to Bayonne’s Planning Board
Aug 2, 2021 – Jersey Digs – Two developers will soon be pitching a project that would transform almost 17 acres of land along the banks of Newark Bay into a sprawling complex that includes four buildings, new parks, and public waterfront amenities…

Affordable Senior Housing Facility Disputes Westfield’s $2M Claim For PILOT Fees
Jul 25, 2021 – TAPinto Westfield – An affordable housing nonprofit is contesting the town’s claim that it owes the local government $2 million as payment in lieu of taxes for its Boynton Avenue facility…

Fire engulfs N.J. apartment building
Jul 23, 2021 – NJ.com – A large fire has broken out at a Carteret apartment building Friday afternoon, borough officials said…

REDEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR ESTERBROOK AVENUE
Jul 21, 2021 – Rahwayrising.com – At its meeting on July 12, the governing body approved a resolution (AR-173-21) to authorize and direct the Planning Board to prepare a redevelopment plan for five properties along Esterbrook Avenue…

Park Ridge sets public hearing on affordable housing as 448-unit Sony site moves forward
Jul 16, 2021 – NorthJersey.com – Months after resolving lengthy litigation with a developer, Park Ridge is confronting the reality of its court-mandated affordable housing obligation… (subscription)

Princeton University to sell 271-acre Princeton Nurseries site at Forrestal Center in Middlesex County
Jul 13, 2021 – Planet Princeton – …The Princeton Nurseries site is the last large development parcel in the corporate office and research complex along Route 1…

Newest warehouse lawsuit involves builder’s plan to use Green Acres land
Jul 8, 2021 – NJSpotlight – Opponents of a plan to build a 510,000-square-foot warehouse in Phillipsburg, are urging the Department of Environmental Protection to deny a request to lift an open-space protection so the site can be developed…

Scotch Plains to Move Forward with Adopting Downtown Redevelopment Plan This Summer
Jun 7, 2021 – TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood – Downtown redevelopment is moving forward in Scotch Plains with the planned introduction of the first downtown redevelopment plan in more than three decades targeted for July…

Middletown Announces Town-Wide Initiatives to Further Support Veterans,
Plans Include New Veteran Housing
Jul 3, 2021 – TAP into Middletown – …The township closed on a property located on Leonardville Road in Belford, that will be transformed into 100 percent affordable housing units for those who served in the military…

Edison residents fight developer’s plan for former Charlie Brown’s site
Jul 2, 2021 – mycentralnj – Residents are fighting plans to build 23 townhouses on the 2-acre site of the former Charlie Brown’s restaurant on Plainfield Road…

Communities rally in opposition of plan calling for 1.2 million square feet of warehouses, affordable housing
Jul 1, 2021 – NJ.com – More than 100 people attended a Mansfield Township special meeting last week in opposition to a development plan that calls for three new warehouses totaling more than 1.2 million square feet with an affordable housing neighborhood sandwiched in the middle…

Small N.J. city gets overshadowed. 410 luxe apartments will change that, developer says.
Jul 1, 2021 – nj.com – A luxury, 410-unit apartment complex next to the train station in Orange is expected to transform the city’s Main Street business area and bring more parking for commuters…

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