7 West Parker Re-development

A Redevelopment Plan is currently being drafted for the site of the former Gleason’s Dry Cleaning operation at 7 West Parker Avenue, west of Columbia High School and Valley Street. The current proposal is to construct a mulit-family dwelling with 46 units.

The overall time line for this effort is as follows:

PurchaseCurrent owner purchases property from Gleason Dry CleanersDecember 20200
Need of Redevelopment StudyTownship studies property to determine if it qualifies for RedevelopmentSummer 20216
Approval of StudyPlanning Board and Township Committee approve property as being “in need of redevelopment”October 202110
Initial RenderingsShown to Community Economic and Entrepreniurial Development (CEED) Sub-committeeJanuary 202213
Contract for Redevelopment PlanPhillips Preiss planning firm is selected to write Redevelopment PlanFebruary 202214
Vote on Redevelopment PlanPlan is voted on at Planning Board and Township CommitteeJune 2022?18
Redevelopment AgreementAgreement between Town and Developer regarding business aspects of projectTBD?
Submission of Project to Planning BoardFormal submission of full plans to Planning BoardFall 2022?21
Vote at Planning BoardApproval or denial of planEOY 2022?24
Redevelopment Project Timeline

This time line is typical of projects of this kind. In Maplewood most redevelopment projects follow a Zoning-based approach in which the Redevelopment Plan is written in generalized legal language and specific public awareness of the project occurs relatively late, sometimes no sooner than the Planning Board hearings. In the estimated timeline above that is nearly a year after township officials saw renderings.

As of this writing, the CEED (Community Economic and Entreprenurial Development) sub-committee of the Township Committee has discusssed the project at at least 3 meetings. Some of the renderings shared during those meetings are shown below:

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