Governing Body To Name Developer At Budget Meeting

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Published: May 22, 2016 @ 7:00 AM EST

As discussed at the May 19th Mayor & Council meeting, the governing body will be formally announcing the developer for the site that includes the old Domani’s restaurant on West Westfield Avenue at the May 25th Municipal Capital Budget Workshop. The developer Meridia Living (link) – a Capodagli Property Company (CPC) – is expected to named.

According to information received by Roselle Park News, the development is proposed to have a total of 210 apartments that will be separated into two (2) separate buildings. Originally, the development was to be for 246 units that included 40 studio apartments and 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space. That was lowered to 226 apartments before being finalized to 210 units with 5,150 sq. ft. of retail space.

The westernmost building, labeled Building A, will have 52 apartments with 20 of them being one-bedroom units, 16 being one-bedroom apartments with a den, and 16 two-bedroom units. There will be 52 parking spaces on two (2) levels of parking on the first floor and basement levels.

The bigger of the two buildings, Building B, will have 158 units – three times the apartments. 72 of those units will be two-bedroom apartments, 54 will be one-bedroom apartments, and 32 units will be one-bedroom apartments with a den. Building B will have 221 parking spaces in addition to the 5,150 sq. ft. for retail space. The retail space will have 82 parking spaces dedicated to it which will be located between Buildings A & B.

In total, the proposed development will have 74 one-bedroom units, 48 one-bedroom units with a den, and 88 two-bedroom units. Since there will be parking on the ground level, the four floors of apartments will actually extend to five stories. Building A will have an estimated 13 units per floor. Building B will have 38 units on the 2nd floor along with a courtyard and 40 apartments on each of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors. At this time, there are no studio apartments nor three-bedroom apartments designed to be part of the development.

Loomis Consulting has been referred to as the broker for the development. Michael LaPolla, a principal of the consulting firm and former Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA), has been in attendance at MLUB meetings.

A special meeting of the Municipal Land Use Board (MLUB) is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd, at 7 p.m. in council chambers of the Roselle Park Municipal Complex located at 110 East Westfield Avenue to have more information on the development – tentatively named Meridia At Roselle Park – put on the record for the MLUB to review.

The Municipal Capital Budget Workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the second-floor conference room of the Roselle Park Municipal Complex. That meeting is also scheduled to have on its agenda the rescinding of the previous Area In Need Of Redevelopment and designating the redevelopment area that will exclude lot 14 as well as ordinance adopting the Redevelopment Plan.

A copy of the original draft Redevelopment Plan is available below for review. The new Redevelopment Plan will have Skinner & Cook, lot 14, removed from the study area due to the owner asking to be removed from the Area In Need Of Redevelopment at the May 16th MLUB meeting (link).

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