Downtown Redevelopment Committee

Mission/Vision Statement

Scotch Plains will be undergoing a new township design meant to address the needs of the 21st century resident, business owner, landlord, and developer, to create a vibrant community balancing jobs, housing, retail and commercial opportunities.  Scotch Plains will be a dynamic area with local transit options, which also provides connectivity to surrounding areas and greater New Jersey. The vision is to provide a broad range of regional and local retail and mixed use opportunities in the corridors of intended redevelopment.  


Included in the plan will be a full range of housing opportunities providing access to all levels of income, age and accessibilities. In addition to creating an aesthetically pleasing downtown, the intent is to provide a vibrant area that will be simultaneously self-sufficient and inviting, while at the same time addressing the transit, parking, recreational and open space desires of the community at large.

Redevelopment Tiers of Phases

* Resolutions 2019-60 and 2019-61: On February 19, 2019, the Township Council passed resolutions requesting the Planning Board to investigate properties identified in the Tier 2, Phases 4 & 5 study area and Block 204, Lot 5 (commonly known as the Jade Isle property), which is part of Tier 3, Phase 6, as possible areas in need of redevelopment.


A preliminary investigation process will be conducted by the Planning Board to study the areas and determine which properties qualify as areas in need of redevelopment. The Planning Board will make a recommendation to the Township Council in the coming months.

The Scotch Plains Redevelopment Committee has broken down the plan into seven phases and three tiers. A preliminary investigation for the redevelopment of the three and a half block radius in Phase 1 -- Tier 1 was approved by the Township Council on Tuesday, May 16. 


Click here to view the map. 

Township Planner: Tier 1, Phase 1 Redevelopment Plan (PDF)

Township Planner Harbor Consultants introduced the Redevelopment Plan for Tier 1, Phase 1 section of the Scotch Plains Downtown, and was endorsed by the Scotch Plains Township Council at their September 25, 2018 Business Meeting. The Council has authorized the issuance of Request for Qualifications / Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for developers to submit plans for development.


Click here or the graphic above to view the in-depth report. 

Map of Redevelopment Tier Phases

Committee Members

Council Members

* Mayor Al Smith (Chairman)

* Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo (Vice Chairman)


Township Officials/Advisors

Al Mirabella, Township Manager 

Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment (Secretary) 

Bob LaCosta, Zoning/Construction Official 

Jeff Lehrer, Township Redevelopment Attorney 

Mike Mistretta, Township Planner 

Paulette Coronato, Class IV Planning Board Member


Business Members

Steve Goldberg 

Joe Mortarulo 

Frank Di Lollo 

Nick Novello 

Tom Read 

Emilio Di Iorio 

Anthony Martucci


Resident Members

Shannon Bonifas

Colleen Gialanella

Alison Cohen

Dauna Jendrek

Michael Alvarez

Camaal Benoit

Ernesto Cerimele


Concept for Municipal Parking Lot #1

As part of the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment effort, the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee instructed our Township Planner, Victor Vinegra of Harbor Consultants to design a conceptual video of a new library/community center/apartment buildings located on the publicly owned municipal parking lot #1. Mr. Vinegra based this concept design on the opinions and comments of Downtown Redevelopment Committee members and members of the public over the course of several meetings.  


The above video is just a concept. The images and buildings in the video have not been approved and are not being constructed. This video just demonstrates a potential possibility for that publicly owned property. The Downtown Redevelopment Committee will continue to research alternatives and possibilities for that property, and come to a consensus on what is best for the town. The Downtown Redevelopment Committee will be conducting a survey soon to gather more opinions from residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

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2019 Meeting Schedule

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) will meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers at Town Hall (430 Park Avenue), unless otherwise noted. See the calendar to the right:

Agendas & Minutes

Date Location Time
* Wed., January 9 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., February 13 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., March 13 Town Hall 7:00 p.m.
*** Thurs., March 28 SP-F HS  7:30 p.m. 
** Wed., April 10 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., May 8 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
** Wed., June 12 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
** Wed., July 10 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., August 14 Town Hall 7:00 p.m.
Wed., September 11 Town Hall 7:00 p.m.
Wed., October 23 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., November 13 Town Hall 7:00 p.m.
Wed., December 11 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 

* Reorganization Meeting

** Meeting postponed

*** Special Meeting

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