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(In order articles are posted. Latest update:  September 19, 2021)

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…

How 39 apartments will look next to Morristown’s Vail Mansion
Jun 28, 2021 – Morristowngreen.com – If innovative presentations could sway a planning board, the 3D animation for the proposed apartment complex at 126-136 South Street next to the Vail Mansion in Morristown should have been a slam dunk on Thursday…

As historic N.J. theater faces final curtain call, groups rally to rescue it
Jun 26, 2021 – NJ.com – [Rutherford] As a long-beleaguered Bergen County theater faces its final curtain call, with an auction looming this summer and a final vote on a redevelopment plan next week, a group that has dedicated itself to keeping the historic theater afloat is rallying to save it…

Hillsborough acts quickly after court rules against controversial planning board rejection
Jun 25, 2021 – mycentraljersey – The township has acted quickly to comply with a Superior Court decision that reversed the Planning Board’s rejection of a controversial plan to build a 96-unit apartment complex on Campus Drive off Route 206, behind Temple Beth-El and Your Doctor’s Care…

Almost 500 homes nearly completed in 1,600-unit Kiryas Joel condo complex
Jun 25, 2021 – recordonline.com – The first several hundred units are nearly finished in a condo complex that will eventually house more people than some entire towns in Orange County [right over the NJ border near Montvale]…

Petition Opposes 3-Story Apartment Building On Bridgewater Border
Jun 23, 2021 – Patch Bridgewater – More than 500 locals have signed a petition in opposition to a proposed three-story, 40-unit apartment building slated to be built on the Bridgewater border…

Westfield OKs PILOT Agreement; Signs LOI for Edison Field Project
Jun 16, 2021 – Westfield Leader – In a jam-packed night for the Westfield Town Council, the governing body took the steps in authorizing ordinances that have been weighing on the public’s mind, including a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) or tax abatement agreement with the firm Elite Properties of Warren for the construction of the sites outlined in the South Side Redevelopment Plan, known as Westfield Crossing…

Westfield Mayor: Plan for New Turf Fields Hinges on Tax Abatement for Developer
Jun 16, 2021 – TAPintoWestfield – A plan to install turf fields at an intermediate school got local officials’ initial approval this week…

Westfield OKs Housing for Williams Nursery. Center Says it Won’t Close Soon
Jun 10 – TAPintoWestfield — A plan to increase the density of housing planned for the site of Williams Nursery got the Planning Board’s approval earlier this week…

Biden’s infrastructure plan calls for cities to limit single-family zoning and instead build affordable housing
Apr 14, 2021 – USA Today – President Joe Biden wants cities to put more apartment buildings and multifamily units, such as converted garages, in areas traditionally zoned for single-family housing…

Cranford Seeks Developers For Portion Of Downtown
Feb 16, 2021 – Patch.com – The Township Committee decided a week ago Tuesday to seek “Expressions of Interest” for the redevelopment of the North Ave Gateway area…

Gov. Murphy’s lieutenant backs housing fund diversion
Apr 13, 2021 – NJ Spotlight – As a candidate, Murphy promised to end raids on an affordable-housing trust fund. His proposed budget would take $20 million. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver is defending the administration’s plan to use $20 million that is supposed to be dedicated to supporting New Jersey’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to instead underwrite another housing-related effort…

How Westfield Wants a Developer to Fit 193 Apartments on 5.6 Acres
Mar 8, 2021 – TAPintoWestfield – …The design of the buildings, the use of the 17,000 square feet of nonresidential space, what amenities the developer — Elite Properties — will bring in, and how much parking there will be are among the factors addressed in a redevelopment plan heading to the town council Tuesday for a public hearing and final approval…

60-year-old Jersey Shore tourist cabins could be demolished to make way for condos
Feb 27, 2021 – NJ.com – WenkeÕs Motel and Cottages will be demolished if a proposed 24 unit condo complex is approved, in Point Pleasant Boro,N.J…

Westfield Public, Council to Get Look at Redevelopment Plan for Site Near
Garwood
Feb 22, 2021 – TAPinto Westfield – A redevelopment plan for 5.6 acres near the town’s border with Garwood calls for a combined 193 housing units on or or near South Avenue…

Cranford Development: 75 Apartments Proposed at EF Britten & Co. Property
Feb 10, 2021 – TAPintoCranford – The Cranford Zoning Board heard Application # ZBA 20-003 at the Monday night meeting which seeks to build 75 apartment units at 24 South Avenue West, the former .75 acre EF Britten & Co. property…

Saddle River Schedules Affordable House Hearing
Jan 21, 2021 – The Ridgewood Blog – After much delay the Borough of Saddle River has scheduled a four-day remote hearing to determine the borough’s compliance with its affordable housing mandate is scheduled to begin Thursday January 21st…

Jackson Parke South Debate Continues
Jan 21, 2021 – Jersey Shore Online – Jackson: Further testimony will be heard during a Township Planning Board meeting…They are seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval for its proposal which includes building a 549-unit single-family and multi-family development in the Cassville section of the township…

Judgement On Jackson Parke North
Jan 21, 2021 – Jersey Shore Online – Jackson: … he proposal for Jackson Parke North was rejected unanimously by the Planning Board in 2019. That application was for 551 single-family and multi-family homes…[Superior Court Judge Mark] Troncone ordered the Planning Board to rehear and approve the application…

Is Amazon’s $2 Billion Affordable Housing Injection Enough?
Jan 12, 2021 – Forbes – Amazon is throwing $2 billion at the housing crisis in Seattle with its Housing Equity Fund to preserve and create over 20,000 affordable housing units…

Somerville: Main Street Parking Deck First Phase of 5-Story Edge II
Jan 11, 2021 – TAPinto Franklin/Somerset – The long-awaited construction of a three-level parking deck on West Main Street, the first phase of the Edge II luxury apartments, has been moving rapidly in the first weeks of the new year…

Morristown’s next development battle: Deep pockets square off near Vail Mansion
Jan 11, 2021 – Morristowngreen.com – There is a battle, it seems, for every block and corner of downtown Morristown. Armies of lawyers, architects, planners and developers are squaring off against residents, town officials and each other…

Movin’ Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves
Jan 6, 2021 – TAPintoCranford – … Topping the list of outbound locations was New Jersey (70% outbound), which has held the spot for the past three years…

Cranford Reorganizes: Kathleen Miller Prunty Becomes Mayor, Brian Andrews Deputy Mayor, Jason Gareis Commissioner
Jan 5, 2021 – TAPintoCranford – The Cranford Township Committee helds its annual Reorganization Meeting on Monday. ..

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