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(In order articles are posted. Latest update: March 24, 2020)

Cranford Township Committee votes on 750 Walnut Ave.
Mar 9, 2020 – Union News Daily – On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Cranford Township Committee voted on a resolution requesting that the Planning Board determine whether 750 Walnut Ave. should be designated as a condemnation area in need of redevelopment…

Parsippany plan calls for 1,718 residential units to replace corporate office parks
Mar 8, 2020 – Daily Record – Parsippany’s Planning Board will meet Monday to review a proposal for hundreds of new residential units to be built on a corporate office park off Parsippany Road…

Residents React to Announcement of Rumson’s Future Housing Plans
Feb 28, 2020 – The Journal – More than 1,000 Rumson residents assembled at the Forrestdale School gymnasium on Jan. 14 to hear a public presentation on the borough’s impending housing plans…

Westfield Council Moves on Redevelopment, Briefed on Housing Mandates
Feb 26, 2020 – TAPintoWestfield – Five properties occupied by vacant commercial buildings on the town’s south side near Garwood are one step closer to being turned into apartments and other amenities…

Feb 25, 2020 – Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin’s Facebook Page – Township Committee will vote on a resolution requesting the Planning Board evaluate 750 Walnut Avenue to determine if it should be designated a “condemnation area in need of redevelopment”. This effectively takes the redevelopment decisions out of the hands of Hartz Mountain and into the Township’s…

State Starts to Apportion All $60M Affordable-Housing Funds in 2020 Budget
Feb 24, 2020 – Insider NJ – Plan is to put priority on smaller rental or ownership units that typically have ties to community-based groups looking to address local housing-equity issues…

Verona Board of Planning Determines Cameco Development is Compatible with Master Plan
Feb 22, 2020 – TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove – …The development, commonly referred to as “the Cameco Development,” after the Cameco factory which sits on part of the site, will include 85-90 units. All the units will be deemed “affordable housing.”…

Toll Brothers will publish revised notice for housing application in Cranbury
Feb 21, 2020 – centraljersey.com – Representatives of Toll Brothers will have to wait until March 5 to present their application to the Cranbury Planning Board for a proposed age-restricted residential development…

Planners OK Toll Brothers’ Plans for Hamilton Ave. Property in Berkeley Heights
Feb 20, 2020 – TAP into Berkeley Heights – …Originally approved for 100 housing units, with 20 of those affordable units, the number of units has been reduced to 67 units, 47 of them market-rate, and 20 affordable. This provided a decrease in density without a decrease in affordable units…

Murphy Administration Announces Affordable Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan
Feb 19, 2020 – Insider NJ – The Murphy Administration today announced a roadmap for spending $60 million in Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) funding to advance affordable housing across the state…

Committee Asks Bd. to Look At North Ave. ‘Redevelopment’
Feb 13, 2020 – Westfield Leader – With a 4-to-1 vote, the township committee on Tuesday night approved a resolution requesting that the planning board evaluate certain properties on North Avenue, to determine if the properties should be designated as a “condemnation area in need of redevelopment.”…

Rosie O’Donnell’s NJ Home Is Getting Turned Into Affordable Units
Feb 13, 2020 – patch.com – As part of a fair housing settlement with Saddle River, an estate once owned by Rosie O’Donnell will be redeveloped into affordable units…

Morris County: These projects are under construction in 2020
Feb 12, 2020 – dailyrecord.com – While many towns in Morris County continue to wrestle with the challenges of redeveloping vacant office buildings and addressing affordable-housing obligations, many development projects continued construction progress. The following is a snapshot of some of the larger projects underway in Morris County in 2020…

Clark to Construct 177 Units at Intersection of Walnut Avenue and Valley Road
Feb 11, 2020 – TAPintoCranford – …Mayor Sal Bonaccorso kicked off the meeting reminding attendees that Clark negotiated a deal several years ago with arbitrators of the state for the number of affordable housing units the town would be required to build as required by Fair Share Housing…

MAYORS DISH: Rendo talks up potential of Broadway
Feb 7, 2020 – thepressgroup.net – Woodcliff Lake, NJ:  Speaking at the annual breakfast with the Greater Pascack Valley Mayors on Jan. 29 at the Iron Horse Restaurant in Westwood, Mayor Carlos Rendo called developer-driven affordable housing “the Phil Murphy unfunded mandate or social experiment.”…

First phase of multibillion-dollar NJ waterfront project by Garden State parkway approved 
Dec 12, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – Sayreville:  Riverton, the massive development on the Raritan River by the Garden State Parkway, took a step closer to becoming a reality when the borough’s planning board on Tuesday approved the first phase of the $2.5 billion project…

Paramus OKs affordable housing agreement. Here’s what it calls for
Jan 29, 2020 – MSN.com – After four years of discussion, Paramus has approved an affordable housing agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center that calls for 259 units in the borough…

Linden building vacant for half-century to be replaced
Jan 25, 2020 – Union News Daily – The abandoned United Lacquer warehouse on West Elizabeth Avenue will be replaced by a six-story, 402-apartment commercial and residential complex following the project’s Jan. 15 approval by the planning board…

East Orange’s Brick Church Plaza to Close This Year, 820-Unit Mixed-Use Development Envisioned
Jan 24, 2020 – JerseyDigs.com – A municipal resolution shows that the complex is slated to include a total of 820 residential units and 197,650 square feet of commercial space…A Triangle Equities’ spokesperson told Jersey Digs that at the Crossings at Brick Church Station, “there will be affordable units set aside for a mix of incomes, ranging from low-income to workforce.”

Kushner family clears hurdle to build 590 apartments in Jersey Shore downtown
Jan 24, 2020 – NJ.com – The real estate firm headed by President Donald Trump’s in-laws cleared a hurdle to add to its portfolio of projects in Long Branch Wednesday night, when Kushner Companies got approval to build 590 apartments…

Westfield Looks at Redevelopment, Housing for South Avenue Area
Jan 5, 2020 – TAPintoCranford – The municipal government is looking at redevelopment for 5.5 acres of property on the town’s border with Garwood…

Three-story building OK’d for Raritan Road
Jan 20, 2020 – Union News Daily – Clark: A three-story apartment building will be going up on Raritan Road next to the Clark Village Shopping Center after the planning board unanimously approved a 42-unit structure for the 2.68-acre site at its Jan. 9 reorganization meeting…

Housing Insecurity Among Senior Citizens Is Growing Issue in High-Cost New Jersey
Jan 17, 2020 – NJSpotlight – It’s been called the “Senior Tsunami,” an  impending demographic wave in the form of an aging population that planners and policy experts say New Jersey’s communities are not prepared to handle…

Mayor Smith Sets Out His ‘Complete Agenda’ for 2020
Jan 16, 2020 – Scotch Plains Fanwood Times – At the township council’s reorganization meeting last week, Mayor Alexander Smith, in his message to residents, put forth what he called “a complete agenda” for 2020 that included not only the immediate issues of downtown redevelopment and building court-ordered affordable housing, but also an array of other priorities…

Unusually Contentious Scotch Plains Reorganization Meeting May Have Signaled Launch of the 2020 Mayoral Campaign
Jan 12, 2020 – TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood – …Mayor Smith, joined by Councilman Ted Spera, also a Republican, objected to cutting [township land use attorney Jeffrey] Lehrer loose since the attorney has been involved in downtown redevelopment efforts that the mayor believes would slow down if a new firm is brought on at this time…

Trump moves to undo Obama-era housing rules
Jan 8, 2020 – FOX Business – The way local jurisdictions are required to promote fair housing would be redefined under the proposal…“Since the issuance of the 2015 final rule, HUD has determined that the current regulations are overly burdensome to both HUD and grantees and are ineffective in helping program participants meet their reporting obligations,” the proposal states…

Westfield Seeks Control Over Court Mandated Housing Planned
Jan 7, 2020 – TAPintoWestfield – …On Monday, the Planning Board recommended the five parcels located along South Avenue be declared a “non-condemnation area in need of redevelopment”…The measure, which now heads to the Town Council for approval, gives the town’s government greater control over the development mandated under Westfield’s affordable housing plan adopted in 2018…

Westfield Looks at Redevelopment, Housing for South Avenue Area
Jan 5, 2020 – TAPintoWestfield – The municipal government is looking at redevelopment for 5.5 acres of property on the town’s border with Garwood…

Bridgewater Township to Sever Ties With Somerset County Business Partnership
Jan 3, 2020 – TAP into Bridgewater and Raritan – …”The current leadership of the partnership seemed to be more interested in assisting a development company’s interests than the legitimate concerns of our residents and taxpayers who will live with the significant increase in traffic on roads that are already overburdened,” he added. “The partnership’s board may believe such actions are in the interests of their membership, but Bridgewater taxpayers do
not need to fund it.”…

People couldn’t wait to leave this state in 2019
Jan 2, 2020 – CNBC – Blame it on brutal winters, high taxes or the New Jersey Turnpike: The Garden State is the last place where people want to be. More than two-thirds of all New Jersey moves were outbound in 2019, according to an analysis from United Van Lines…

The Ride Is Over: Bowcraft Demolished in Scotch Plains
Dec 31, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – The site of countless children’s birthday parties and fun summer afternoons throughout Union County, Bowcraft’s days have been numbered for several years. After all, the Scotch Plains Planning Board in 2016 approved a proposal from developers who bought the property and planned to create a complex of affordable apartments and townhomes…

Princeton Settles Affordable Housing Agreement
Dec 20, 2019 – NJ Spotlight – The settlement of an affordable housing agreement between Princeton and the Fair Share Housing Center marks the end of a substantial court action and inches New Jersey as a whole closer to the end of a long battle over municipal obligations…

Town plans to give 30-year tax exemption to Executive Drive
Dec 14. 2019 – Essex News Daily – The West Orange Township Council approved an ordinance on first reading for a long-term tax exemption for the developers of the Executive Drive property near the center of town…“What we’re proposing is one large building with approximately 300 apartments,” Schwartz, a partner with BNE Real Estate Group, said at the meeting…

Medical lab gets OK to move into Cranford
Dec 13, 2019 – Union News Daily – Another business intends to repurpose an existing warehouse in the southeast corner of the municipality now that the Cranford Planning Board has unanimously approved Excell Clinical Laboratory to take over the building at 95 Dermody St. at its Dec. 4 meeting…

Bridgewater Passes Center Of Excellence Project: UPDATE
Dec 10, 2019 – Patch.com – Tears flowed as residents poured their hearts out and pleaded with the board not to pass this project. Their pleas fell on deaf ears…

South Brunswick: Hearing scheduled on housing development
Dec 5, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – A public hearing is scheduled for next week on a proposal to build a multifamily development with affordable housing on Major Road. Pulte Homes NJ has proposed building 152 units – 44 townhomes and 108 multifamily units – of which 20 percent will be set aside for low- and moderate-income housing on about 26.55 acres at 7 Major Road…

Superintendent Talks Population Growth At Bond Referendum Forum
Dec 5, 2019 – Patch.com – Moorestown, NJ — With the township beginning to move forward on several affordable housing complexes, more people will be moving into the township. Many of those people will be families with children, adding to the public school district’s already growing population…

Mixed-use project proposed for Hess-Woodbridge redevelopment site
Dec 2, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – WOODBRIDGE – The township Planning Board will hearing an application on Wednesday to build 376 apartments at Main Street and Mutton Hollow Road…

Food truck business gets Cranford OK
Nov 23, 2019 – Union News Daily – A food truck and delivery business will be moving into the township after the local Planning Board gave its approval to Food Truck Inc. to repurpose an existing warehouse at 41 and 42 Jackson Drive on the corner of Moen Avenue on the Roselle border…

Outmigration: More New Jerseyans Plan to Leave within 5 Years
Nov 25, 2019 – New Jersey Business and Industry Association – According to a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Garden State Initiative, 44% of New Jersey residents are planning to leave the state in the not so distant future with more than 1 in 4 (28%) planning to depart the Garden State within five years. Unsurprisingly, property taxes and the overall cost of living were cited as the main reasons…

New Plan To Fix NJ School Aid: Raise Property Taxes Even More
Nov 25, 2019 – Patch Clark-Garwood – More than 190 school districts may be able to raise taxes as much as they want to make up for school funding losses. See the list…

Cranford BOE and Township Committee Agree on Birchwood PILOT Share
Nov 14, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – … The final agreement by the Township Commissioners and the Board of Education was to have a five-year audit period where the Board of Education receives 70% of the PILOT in years one and two, followed by 55% in years three, four, and five…

Suit filed against Millburn for affordable housing settlement
Nov 7, 2019 – northjersey.com – A group of residents is fighting back against Millburn’s settlement with a builder that plans to put affordable housing and medical offices on a vacant lot at Woodland and Chatham roads…

Promotion in Motion Signs Largest Bergen County Office Lease in 2019
Nov 5, 2019 – Globest.com – Park Ridge: The lease for 110,945 square feet is the largest office lease so far this year in Bergen County, according to CBRE…

Neighbor knocks down plan for affordable housing complex on his street
Nov 4, 2019 – NJ.com – A homeowner in Moorestown scored a decisive victory last week in an effort to keep an affordable-housing development out of his
neighborhood…

Edison Explores Interesting Way to Address Affordable Housing Requirement
Oct 23, 2019 – TAPinto New Brunswick – …“It’s a creative program,” Mayor Thomas Lankey said. “We’ve found a way to provide affordable housing that has no impact on housing densities or on land uses, and no tax dollars are
subsidizing private landlords.”…

NJ developer sues over denial of Green Brook apartments on Route 22
Oct 9, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – GREEN BROOK – The long-running saga of possible development on the corner of westbound Route 22 and Warrenville Road has taken another twist with the developer of the 14.3-acre property filing a fresh lawsuit against the township…

Hartz Mountain Files Lawsuit Challenging Planning Board’s Resolution to not Rezone 750 Walnut
Oct 25, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Hartz Mountain Industries has filed a lawsuit against the Township of Cranford challenging the Planning Board’s Resolution to deny the rezoning of 750 Walnut Avenue from commercial and industrial use to residential for multi-family development. It is important to note that the lawsuit is NOT a builder’s remedy lawsuit…

Englewood Cliffs affordable housing trial begins, could bring hundreds of units to borough
Oct 11, 2019 – northjersey.com – The trial that could bring hundreds of affordable housing units to the borough began Friday morning with expert testimony. After more than four years of legal proceedings, attorneys, the Fair Share Housing Commission and Normandy Real Estate Partners gathered in a Bergen County courtroom…

NJ developer sues over denial of Green Brook apartments on Route 22
Oct 10, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – The long-running saga of possible development on the corner of westbound Route 22 and Warrenville Road has taken another twist with the developer of the 14.3-acre property filing a fresh lawsuit against the township…

Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Launches Petition
Oct 1, 2019 – Township of Scotch Plains – The Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee launched a petition today to gather signatures of New Jersey residents who want to bring common-sense reforms… Direct link to the petition is here:  https://www.thepetitionsite.com/264/002/417/petition-for-affordable-housing-reform/

Birchwood PILOT share with schools still up in air
Oct 11, 2019 – Union News Daily – Township officials are still debating what portion, if any, of the Birchwood PILOT will be shared with the public school district to offset the impact of the 225-unit apartment complex set to open next year near the Kenilworth border…

Springfield OKs complex to replace Saks store
Oct 3, 2019 – Union News Daily – …The local Planning Board at its Sept. 26 meeting approved preliminary and final site plans for the 9.7-acre plot that would see 47 townhouses, 223 apartments and 5,200 square feet of retail space replace the vacant structure that has been empty since the early 1990s…

Town plans for 1,000 affordable housing units but hopes they won’t be built
Sep 30, 2019 – NJ.com – Branchburg’s township committee has reluctantly agreed to pass a plan for affordable housing that could add almost 2,000 additional housing units to town…

Proposal for Apartments and Retail Space at Site of CVS Pharmacy Rejected by Clark Planning Board
Sep 20, 2019 – TAPintoClark – Plans for a mixed-use building with six apartments and two retail stores at the site of the current CVS Pharmacy was recently rejected by the Clark Planning Board… “This is a nice project, with two stores downstairs and six apartments above, but it didn’t make the grade because of the size of the lot and the parking,” [Mayor Sal Bonaccorsohe] added later…

Hoboken Will Use Eminent Domain To Seize Bus Company’s Property
Sep 19, 2019 –  Patch Hoboken – Former Mayor Dawn Zimmer accused Academy Bus of trying to force an “out-of-scale, traffic-generating development deal” on the city…

Middletown Approves Residential Development
Sep 16, 2019 – The Two River Times – National home builder Toll Brothers gained approval from Middletown Township last week to construct 280 town houses and 70 apartments as the residential component of a larger redevelopment of more than 100 acres on Route 35 north…

Ocean Town Center: Public accused of filibustering
Sep 10, 2019 – app.com – The public filled over three hours Monday with arguments and pleas to the Planning Board to vote down a mixed-use development at the corner of Deal Road and Route 35…

Englewood Cliffs loses affordable housing lawsuit
Sep 4, 2019 – NJTVonline.org – A Bergen County judge has ruled against Englewood Cliffs in an affordable housing lawsuit, claiming the borough has “acted in bad faith” and “made a concerted effort to avoid compliance with its obligation.” It also strips Englewood Cliffs of immunity from future affordable housing lawsuits, opening the door for developers to build hundreds of affordable housing units…

Eminent Domain Abuse Forum Held in Hoboken
Sep 4, 2019 – The Ridgewood Blog – The Pulse with Peter B., northern New Jersey’s premier cable access show, hosted a forum on eminent domain abuse in Hudson County on Wednesday night, August 28th, in Our Lady of Grace School. The forum highlighted the Center St neighborhood of Jersey City and the NY Waterway ferry company marina property in Hoboken as examples of local government abuse of eminent domain powers…

Readington reaches agreement for 1,045 affordable housing units
Aug 30, 2019 – my central jersey – A Superior Court hearing will be held In October on the township’s affordable housing settlement, which requires Readington to zone for more than 1,000 affordable housing units…

Center of Excellence Redevelopment Plans Include 400 Residential Units, Grocery Store, Brewery, Retail Boulevard
Aug 29, 2019 – TAP into Bridgewater and Raritan – The planning board Monday heard the beginning of the application for preliminary and final site plan approval for a mixed use development at the New Jersey Center of Excellence, on Route 202/206, including 400 total residential units, retail, a hotel, grocery store and green space…

Valley National HQ Housing Development On Hold: Report
Aug 29, 2019 – Patch Wayne – A proposal to build several hundred housing units in Wayne is on hold as the township and the project’s developer face off in court over the township’s affordable housing obligation, according to a report..

Affordable housing settlement means 1,000-plus units in Hanover Township
Aug 12, 2019 – Hanover Eagle – Township Attorney Fred Semrau introduced the township’s Fair Housing Center settlement to an overflow audience at the Township Committee meeting on Thursday, Aug. 8 that will see more than 1,000 housing units built spread over two properties totaling more than 100 acres: Pine Plaza and River Park…

What Happens With 750 Walnut? Cranford Mayor Speaks Out
Sep 16, 2019 – Cranford Patch – Patrick Giblin says there may be appeals or litigation in the future. More than a year of testimony, outcry and applications came to an end when the Cranford Planning Board rejected a request to rezone 750 Walnut Ave. and the Township Committee accepted that decision. But Mayor Patrick Giblin said that might not be the end of it…

Clark Planning Board pushes back on four-story apartment building
Sep 12, 2019 – Union News Daily – At its Sept. 5 meeting, the local Planning Board pushed back against a proposal to replace the one-story drug store and an adjoining undeveloped plot of land at 60-62 Westfield Ave. with a four-story mixed-use building that includes six apartments and two commercial spaces…

Cranford Twp. Committee Denies 750 Walnut Ave. Rezoning
Sep 12, 2019 – Cranford Patch – The Township Committee voted 5-0 Tuesday to accept the Planning Board’s recommendation to deny rezoning to the hotly contested property…

Warren affordable housing plan gets final court approval
Sep 13, 2019 – Echoes Sentinel – A township plan to provide roughly 1,000 new homes has earned final court approval. In an amended opinion issued Wednesday, Sept. 11, state Superior Court Judge Thomas Miller found the township to be in compliance with its third round affordable housing settlement with the Fair Share Housing Center advocacy group…

Eminent Domain Abuse Forum Held in Hoboken
Sep 4, 2019 – The Ridgewood Blog – …The Pulse with Peter B., northern New Jersey’s premier cable access show, hosted a forum on eminent domain abuse in Hudson County on Wednesday night, August 28th, in Our Lady of Grace School. The forum highlighted the Center St neighborhood of Jersey City and the NY Waterway ferry company marina property in Hoboken as examples of local government abuse of eminent domain powers…

Forty-Three Apartments Slated for Vacant Raritan Road Property, Clark BA Says
Jul 31, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Plans are in the works for 43 apartments at a vacant Raritan Road property, Business Administrator John Laezza revealed during the town council meeting July 15. “The property was acquired by a developer in the community,” Laezza said. “He is preparing plans to build 43 apartments on that site.”…

Branchburg: Township zones for 1,873 homes to meet affordable housing quota
Aug 27, 2019 – My Central Jersey – In what is called “the least worst of the alternatives,” the township committee on Monday approved a plan to zone for 1,873 housing units so Branchburg can meet its court-mandated 1,000-unit affordable housing requirement. The housing will be concentrated in the Route 22 and Route 202 corridors…

I-Team: Opponents of Housing Booms Accused of Anti-Semitism
Aug 27, 2019 – NBC New York – Multiple towns in New York and New Jersey are in the midst of heated debates over new developments. While opponents say it will increase traffic, lower quality of life and disrupt the the community, people on the other side say the objections are part of an anti-Semitic campaign being used against them. The I-Team’s Sarah Wallace reports…

Royce Brook, Toll Brothers under contract to build homes on Hillsborough golf course 
Aug 5, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – Royce Brook Golf Course wants to play a part in the township’s pending affordable housing settlement by proposing a 393-unit development on the 36-hole complex on Hamilton Road…

Jackson Planning Board Approves Plan to Build 1,100 New Housing Units, Affordable Housing
Aug 1, 2019 – Shore News Network – A plan to build 1,100 single and multi-family units was approved by the township planning board. The board approved the project’s general development plan (GDP) and a hearing will commence on the northern portion of the Jackson Parke development located between Perrineville Road and West Veterans Highway…

Forty-Three Apartments Slated for Vacant Raritan Road Property, Clark BA Says 
Jul 31, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Plans are in the works for 43 apartments at a vacant Raritan Road property, Business Administrator John Laezza revealed during the town council meeting July 15. “The property was acquired by a developer in the community,” Laezza said. “He is preparing plans to build 43 apartments on that site.”…

Middletown Withdraws From NJ’s Affordable Housing Mandate
Jul 31, 2019 – Patch Middletown NJ – Middletown took the extremely unusual step of withdrawing from its state-mandated affordable housing obligation. It’s a bold and risky move…

Englewood Cliffs opts for trial on affordable housing
Jul 30, 2019 – northjersey.com – Two weeks after residents turned out in force to learn about the borough’s intentions for dealing with affordable-housing litigation, the council on Monday voted to go to trial, rather than settle…

Three Stores Proposed For New Walnut Avenue Development
Jul 25, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – …Originally, the approximately 5,000 square feet retail space was slated to become the new location of The Kilkenny House before negotiations between the two parties broke down. With The Kilkenney House slated to remain in its current location, the applicant is now looking for approval to subdivide the space into the three seperate entities…

Middletown Withdraws from Unfair Affordable Housing Proceedings
Jul 23, 2019 – Monmouth Musings – Last week the Middletown Township Committee its attorneys to withdraw from court proceedings that commenced in July 2015 to address unrealistic affordable housing obligations imposed upon municipalities throughout New Jersey by the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Township Attorney applied for an Order of Dismissal, which was entered by the Hon. Jamie S. Perri on July 19, 2019…

Rents Continue to Climb in the Garden State
Jul 23, 2019 – New Jersey 101.5 – It’s hardly a surprise. A new report finds rents in most Jersey cities are increasing. “Looking at New Jersey, we noticed that northern cities, in particular those closest to Manhattan, tended to have a higher increase in rent,” Sanziana Bona, a RENTCafe research analyst, said….

North Ave. and Amberg Developments Would Add Affordable Housing Units in  Scotch Plains
Jul 10, 2019 – TAPintoScotch Plains/Fanwood – Urban planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants made a presentation on the planned housing developments that are targeted to be built at 2344 North Ave. (intersection of Westfield Road, next to Charlie Brown’s) and at the Amberg Garden Center property on Lamberts Mill Road on the south side of town…

Apartment rental demand soars as more millennials believe it’s cheaper than owning a home
Jul 8, 2019 – CNBC – Apartment demand in the second quarter of this year spiked 11% from a year ago [Nationally]. That pushed rents up an average 3% nationally to $1,390 per month, according to RealPage, a real estate software and analytics company…

American Suburbs Swell Again as a New Generation Escapes the City
Jul 1, 2019 – Wall Street Journal – …When Mr. and Mrs. Mahaffey took their eldest daughter for the first day of kindergarten, school officials told them they didn’t have a seat. Too many kids, they said. ..

Jersey’s ‘Brain Drain’ Outmigration Problem Keeps Getting Worse
May 8, 2019 – New Jersey 101.5 – A report on the outmigration “brain  drain”  ”pattern of New Jersey’s young adult population has been updated with new data, and it shows the problem keeps getting worse…

Cranford Planning, Zoning Boards Hold Info. Session
Jul 25, 2019 – Westfield Leader – …At the next board meeting, on Wednesday, August 7, Maser Consulting is to present a draft of its reexamination of the master plan to the board in the workshop meeting. Following it’s presentation to the board, Maser will present the re-examination of the master plan in a public hearing…

Three Stores Proposed For New Walnut Avenue Development
Jul 25, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – The new 24-unit development (The Albero) located at 109 Walnut Avenue is looking for approval of its application proposing three retail tenants on the ground level…

NJGOP calls for a special session on high-density housing
Jul 25, 2019 – The Ridgewood Blog – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling for a special session of the Legislature this summer. “Court-ordered, high-density housing is a crisis that costs taxpayers millions and must stop now,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Schools cannot handle thousands of new students and infrastructure is not capable of handling the influx. The legislature must act.”…

Wall Speedway wants to close, develop housing but Township hits brakes
Jul 24, 2019 – NJ101.5 – …The Speedway on Route 34 announced Wednesday that the property would make way for 348 townhouses and apartments to be built by Pulte Homes. Seventy of the new homes will be made available to low/moderate-income residents. Wall Township Administrator Jeff Bertrand, however, told New Jersey 101.5 that the property is not zoned for residential use and the township has no plans to change that…

Middletown Withdraws from Unfair Affordable Housing Proceedings
Jul 23, 2019 – Save Jersey – …“Middletown has always abided by the rules set forth at the time, but whatever we do never seems to be enough,” said Mayor Tony Perry. “We have a strong track record of creating realistic opportunities for affordable housing but refuse to be held hostage by special interest groups.”…

NJ urged ‘to get creative’ on tax incentives, focus on affordable housing
Jul 19, 2019 – NJ Spotlight – Call comes amid a stalemate between the governor and leading legislators over the future of state economic-development efforts. Despite the stalemate between Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders over New Jersey’s major tax-incentive programs, some lawmakers think now is the perfect time to push for new tax breaks aimed specifically at spurring the construction of affordable homes…

Rats and mice are running rampant in this N.J. town and no one can agree whose fault it is
Jul 14, 2019 – NJ.com – …Rats have become a fixture in town, he claims, because of overdevelopment and inaction on the township’s part to curb the issue. “My biggest thing is identifying there is an issue. The issue’s already here,” Monge said. “So what’s the town going to do in a comprehensive manner to solve this issue?”…

Creator of N.J.’s 1st tax incentive: Let’s add affordable housing to the mix
Jul 12, 2019 – NJ.com – [Opinion] As the sponsor of New Jersey’s first tax incentive that transformed a contaminated garbage dump in Elizabeth into the Jersey Gardens Mall, which has generated thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of revenue for Elizabeth and the state treasury…

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