Friday, August 31, 2012
Dunnell Road construction eliminates spaces near train station.
Maplewood residents might want to budget a few extra minutes into their morning commutes. Construction on the former police station building at 125 Dunnell Road has meant the elimination of roughly 20-25 commuter permit parking spots in the lot next to the former station. "Those are gone forever," said Thomas Malavasi, township engineer. "It will push people out further" from the station for parking, he said. In addition, roughly a dozen street spaces in front of the former station are unavailable during construction, which Malavasi said would last around a year. The township had anticipated the loss of the lot, Municipal Lot #3, which is now owned by the site's developer, J.G. Petrucci Co. The township announced the lot's closing …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Did you miss this week's headlines? Here is a recap of the top stories in Maplewood.
Every Child Deserves a Community Like Maplewood "Orphan Doctor" Jane Aronson reflected on how the town came together to support the family of Kohl Angelo, and contrasted it to the plight of orphans in many parts of the world. Township Breaks Ground at Old Police Station A long awaited groundbreaking took place for a new apartment building on the site of the former Maplewood police headquarters. Redevelopment is Hot Topic at Township Committee Meeting Officials discussed what might happen to the current Post Office site, and provided updates on redevelopment projects throughout the township. Township Takes Steps to Combat Trash, Prevent Rodents New ordinances address Maplewood's litter and garbage issues; plus an update on rat …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
New apartment building will be built on the site where the former Maplewood police headquarters once stood.
After nearly a decade of discussion, planning, controversy and false starts, township officials on Tuesday broke ground for the new apartment building that will rise on the site of the former Maplewood Police Station at 125 Dunnell Road. “Ecstatic,” said Mayor Vic DeLuca when asked how he felt about the event. Township Committeeman Jerry Ryan said, “I’m thrilled this day is finally here.” The new project, called “The Station House,” is a 50-unit, LEED-certified apartment complex with a mix of one- and two-bedroom rentals (46 units at market rate and four affordable housing units), as well as 60 on-site parking spaces. The building will be four stories high, with ground floor parking and three residential stories above. In June of 2011…
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
After vote, ordinance moves to Planning Board.
Developing the old police station site on Dunnell Road continues to be a hotly contested issue for the town, with township residents becoming increasingly vocal about their opposition to having a 50-unit rental building constructed at the site. Residents say the government is being unresponsive to their concerns; elected officials said the public has been misinformed. A large number of residents showed up to voice their opposition to plans for developing the site at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The Committee voted to send the ordinance to the Planning Board. About a dozen Maplewood residents spoke during the public comment meeting, all in opposition to the development. Concerns included the development’s impact on the…
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Plan includes old police station rehab.
The Township has put the plans for the redevelopment of the properties on Dunnel Rd. online. The site, which includes the old police station, has been a matter of recent controversy. The plan is available as a PDF here. See here, here and here for previous Patch coverage.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Concerns about development at old police station voiced at Township Committee meeting.
The most hotly contested issue at the Sep. 16 Township Committee meeting wasn’t on the agenda. The redevelopment plans for the old police station won’t be officially addressed by the Township’s government until October, but that didn’t keep about a dozen residents from voicing their concerns at this week’s meeting, sometimes in emotionally heated fashion. Earlier this year, after hearing proposals from several developers, the Committee determined they wanted the Dunnell Road property to be a multi-unit residential building. The plan, several citizens argued, was inadequately publicized, is ill-timed considering the real estate market, and would damage the town’s environment and character. Township officials dismissed criticisms over lack …
Friday, July 31, 2009
The Township Committee will meet with three developers next week.
Earlier this month, seven developers submitted letters of interest to the Township for the opportunity to develop 125 Dunnell Rd., the site of the old police station. Next week, the Township Committee will meet with three of the developers to get more information about the proposals. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 5. The site is a designated as an “area in need of rehabilitation,” which means that the project does not have to go out to bid, and that officials have more control over the project than they would in civic projects that went out for bid. The Town previously set two stipulations for the property: it would be a mostly residential property, and would be built with sustainable practices to qualify for LEEDS …
Friday, July 17, 2009
Developers are vying for shots at turning old police station site into housing.
Seven developers submitted bids in response to the Township’s advertisement for proposals for developing the old police station site. Letters of interest from the developers were due July 15, and have now been distributed to Township officials by Township Administrator Joseph Manning. The proposals, Manning said, have been looked over, and a meeting has been called to see how the project will progress. No conclusions have yet been made about which project the Township will go with. Earlier this year, the Township Committee voted to pursue high-end housing for the site. The Committee believes that the .843 acre parcel’s close proximity to the train station will make it appealing to young professionals and empty nesters. The Township plans …
Friday, June 12, 2009
Republicans question the Township Committee’s actions on the Dunnell Road space.
As we predicted, a number of people in the township are unhappy with the decision on the old police station. The Township Committee expressed their preference for high end housing to go into the space. Among the loudest critics of the proposal are the Township Republicans, who believe that promising ideas that arose early in the project’s development have been unfairly passed over. In 2006, the Township put together an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to consider the future of the property. Some in the GOP say the report’s findings were given short shrift. “There were some good ideas there, and we’re trying to revive some of those ideas,” Veronica Peralta, a leading Township Republican and member of the Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee, said…