Thursday, September 29th, is the date set for a meeting to allow residents the opportunity to ask questions and find out more information on Meridia At Roselle Park, a development along West Westfield Avenue.
Fifth Ward Councilman Thomas ‘Thos’ Shipley placed discussion of the proposed meeting(s) as a workshop session and last night the governing body set the date for an information session on the last Thursday of this month.
Workshop sessions are part of a new meeting format instituted this month where issues are discussed by council to either place a matter as a resolution or ordinance at a later date or to bring a matter to the public’s attention.
Meridia At Roselle Park is the name of the proposed development along West Westfield Avenue that consists of five (5) lots and includes the former site of Domani’s restaurant along with DJ’s Limousine. The 213-unit, five-story apartment complex is separated into two (2) buildings with retail space on the ground floor. As of yet, no official tenant has been announced for that space. The parent company, Capodagli Property Company (CPC), had its preliminary site plan application approved by the Municipal Land Use Board (MLUB) in July of this year.
In December of last year, the initial steps to approve the development were taken when the governing body voted to have a Redevelopment Plan prepared for eight (8) parcels in that area and the MLUB designated those lots as an Area In Need Of Redevelopment. During the following seven months, the number of parcels went from eight to five and the development was set at 1.807 acres.
The meeting will have representatives from Capodagli Property Company and the law firm of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC on hand to answer questions and provide information on the status and outlook for the development. McManimon, Scotland & Baumann is the special counsel that was appointed by the municipality to advise and help with the project.
It is not known if Neglia Engineering – the MLUB’s planner and municipality’s engineering firm that prepared the Redevelopment Plan – or Loomis Consulting – a consulting firm run by Michael LaPolla that has been identified as a broker for the development – will be present at that meeting.
Members of the governing body are expected to attend.
This information session is open to the public and is to be held on Thursday, September 29th, at 7 p.m. in council chambers of the Roselle Park Municipal Complex located at 110 East Westfield Avene.