News Articles 2022

(In order articles are posted. Latest update:  September 27, 2022)

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…

Audit finds Warren affordable housing fees short by $207K
June 29, 2022 – newjerseyhills.com – Builders were undercharged affordable housing fees by a net amount of more than $207,000 during a 76-month period ending in 2021, according to an audit received by the Township Committee…

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).

Cranford passed a Resolution opposing NJ Senate Bill (S2103) that preempts local zoning regulations. 
Jun 14, 2022 – Cranford joined 10 other NJ municipalities calling for action to get the courts out of the affordable housing arena and return authority to the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).

Cranford to Get $1.8M from NJ Budget for Stormwater Mitigation Project
Jun 30, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 state budget at Cranford High School on Thursday, where it was also announced that Cranford would receive $1.8 million for flood mitigation procedures…

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…

Bridgewater, developer agree to major changes in massive Route 202-206 redevelopment plan
Jun 13, 2022 – Mycentraljersey.com – No grocery store, hotel or apartments will be built in the Center of Excellence development on the former Sanofi campus on Route 202-206, Mayor Matt Moench announced Monday…

Williams Nursery in Westfield Closing Next Month After 102 Years
Jun 2, 2022 – TAPintoWestfield – …The site had been zoned for multifamily housing following a 1991 Superior Court judgement requiring it be designated for the inclusion of affordable units, according to the town’s planner…

South and Chestnut Redevelopment Project Moves on to Cranford Planning Board
May 26, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – The old drive-thru bank at 201 Walnut Avenue is one step closer to a new look. It is one of two projects in, and is the first phase of, the South and Chestnut redevelopment area. The second phase of the project will take place on South Avenue…

Architect Presents Proposed Site Plans, Exterior Design for Cranford’s South and Chestnut Redevelopment
May 11, 2022 – TAPintoCranford – At Monday evening’s Township Committee workshop meeting, Iron Ore Properties, LLC and BlackBird Group Architects, LLC presented a proposed site plan of the new building at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Chestnut Street…

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…

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