Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Township officials join developers and Assemblyman McKeon to kick off construction of a mixed-use building across from Police & Courts Building and Walgreens.
Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Leventhal and other township officials, as well as Assemblyman John F. McKeon, hoisted shovels Wednesday morning to ceremonially break ground on a mixed-use residential and commercial building at 1611 Springfield Ave. in Maplewood. The project, which has been in the works for several years, will feature 5,275 square feet of retail space on the ground floor as well as six apartments on the second floor. Daibes Gas 14 LLC, a subsidiary of Daibes Enterprises of Edgewater, will construct the building, to be located on a triangular plot of land across the street from the Police & Courts Building and from Walgreens on Burnett Avenue. Also on hand for the groundbreaking were vice president Danny Daibes …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Building across from police station will have retail stores and apartments.
Correction: the planning board engineer who signed off on the plans is Robert E. Bratt, Maplewood Planning Board Consultant. The township has announced plans to break ground on a mixed-use residential and commercial building at 1611 Springfield Ave. in Maplewood on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. The project, which has been in the works for several years, will feature 5,275 square feet of retail space on the ground floor as well as six apartments on the second floor. Daibes Gas 14 LLC, a subsidiary of Daibes Enterprises of Edgewater will construct the building, to be located on a triangular plot of land across the street from the Police & Courts Building and from Walgreens on Burnett Avenue. In addition, there will be 15 parking spaces in …
Monday, October 15, 2012
A wonderful time was had by all on Saturday.
The Springfield Avenue Partnership joined with Walgreens to present Maplewood’s fourth annual HarvestFest on the grounds of the Hilton Branch Library on Saturday. The festival attracted many visitors on a sunny, fall day. It was the culmination of a month-long series of activities and events hosted by the businesses of Maplewood’s Springfield Avenue District, and included food, music, entertainment, activities for the kids and more.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A month of events includes a family-friendly October 13 festival.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The following press release is from the Springfield Avenue Partnership: The Springfield Avenue Partnership will join with Walgreens to present Maplewood’s fourth annual HarvestFest on the grounds of the Hilton Branch Library at 1688 Springfield Avenue between Tuscan and Oakland Roads on Saturday, October 13th from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, October 14th). A month-long series of activities and events hosted by the businesses of Maplewood’s Springfield Avenue District, and an iPad giveaway will highlight this year’s HarvestFest celebration in addition to fun for the whole family including food, music, entertainment, activities for the kids and more at the HarvestFest. "Walgreens is proud to be a presenting sponsor of …
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The board unanimously votes in favor of the proposed Walgreens site.
At the end of its third meeting on the matter, and after several concessions by the developer and a protracted debate among township officials about the viability of 24-hour businesses in Maplewood, the developer’s application for a new Walgreens store on Springfield Avenue was unanimously passed by the Planning Board on Tuesday. The redevelopment plan still needs to be approved by the Township Committee, and, contingent on that approval, construction could begin as early as September. The meeting opened with Peter Steck, a certified planner for the developers, who outlined the “deviations and variances” the developers were requesting for the property. Chief among the requests was permission to install a sign exceeding the size limits set …
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
After discussion at the Township Committee meeting, the status quo remains in place.
After two votes on new measures concerning regulating 24-hour businesses in the Township at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the status quo remains in place. Committee members were split between the potentially disruptive effect 24-hour businesses could have on residential life and the need to encourage new business in the township. The Township has not previously had regulations governing business hours. Business operating hours have been a thorny issue for the town since developers behind a Walgreens store proposed for Springfield Avenue said they would cancel plans for the store if the Township enacted a proposed ordinance limiting business hours (for more on Walgreens, see here and here). The Committee first …
Friday, July 31, 2009
Walgreens faces continued opposition despite concessions.
Architects, engineers, and corporate representatives from Walgreens faced a battery of questions at last night’s meeting of the planning board, as the Springfield Avenue location appears to be only slightly closer to becoming a reality. Members of the Maplewood Township’s planning board, as well as residents, were primarily concerned about increased traffic from customers and delivery trucks, lighting issues and security. Walgreens architects have changed the site plan on issues ranging from door appearances to the distance the building will be from the bordering residential properties. “It has been a very complicated project, but in the end it paid off. I’m very comfortable with the site plan and very happy with the aesthetic,” said …
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Planning Board convenes on July 30 to discuss the Springfield Avenue pharmacy.
The Planning Board will hold a special meeting on July 30 to continue the presentation by the developers behind the proposed Walgreens on Springfield Avenue. The developers presented plans and answered questions at the most recent regular meeting of the Planning Board, held July 15. The plans for the store have been met with controversy. Residents in the neighborhood near the proposed Walgreens site worry about the noise, the store’s effect on traffic and the possibility that the store will be open 24 hours. Earlier this month, Walgreens said they would cancel plans for the Springfield Avenue store if a proposed Maplewood ordinance limiting business hours of operation passed. The meeting will be held at the Township Municipal Building. The…
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
No conclusions were reached for the proposed pharmacy at the July 14 Planning Board Meeting.
The plans for the proposed Walgreens site on Springfield Avenue remain up in the air after a long Planning Board meeting on Tuesday evening. The meeting was ended before the developers presented their complete argument, and will be continued at a meeting for which a date has not been set. Tensions between residents of homes near the proposed Walgreens and the developers were evident. Several homeowners attended the meeting and voiced objections to the plans outlined by 1633 Springfield Ave., the developers behind the project. Residents say the plan for the site have changed for the worse since it was first proposed earlier this year. In the initial discussions about the pharmacy, Walgreens developers assured residents the store would not …
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Citizens complain about the impact of proposed Walgreens development.
Walgreens will not move into Springfield Avenue if the town passes legislation limiting their ability to operate 24 hours, Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca reported at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. While the drugstore proposed to go into the lot across the street from the police station would not necessarily operate on a 24-hour schedule, the push back on the proposed legislation worried and angered a number of residents in the neighborhood. Previously, the town had discussed drafting legislation that would require all town businesses not currently operating on a 24-hour schedule to be closed between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. The legislation was a response to a legal action undertaken by 7-11 against the township after the 24-hour chain …