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

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. 

 

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Downtown Redevelopment Survey

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Committee Members

Council Members

* Mayor Al Smith (Chairman)

* Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones (Vice Chairman)

 

Township Officials/Advisors

* Al Mirabella, Township Manager (Secretary)

Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment

Bob LaCosta, Construction Official

Jeff Lehrer, Planning Attorney

Michael Mistretta, Planner

Paulette Coronato, Class IV Planning Board Member

 

Business Members

Frank Di Lollo

Joe Mortarulo

Steve Goldberg

Geraldine Keogh

Guy Checchio

Anthony Martucci

Nick Novello

 

Resident Members

Carla Kelly

Luisa Bianco

Colleen Gialanella

Michael Alvarez

Keith Owens

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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Agendas & Minutes



Meeting Schedule

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) will meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 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., April 12 Town Hall  7:00 p.m. 
Wed., May 10 Town Hall 6:30 p.m. 
* Thurs., June 1 Town Hall 6:30 p.m.
Wed., June 14 Town Hall 8:00 p.m. 
Wed., July 12 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Thurs., July 13 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., July 19 SP-F HS Auditorium 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., August 9 Town Hall 6:30 p.m.
** Thurs., August 24 Town Hall 7:00 p.m.
Wed., September 13 Town Hall 6:30 p.m. 
Thurs., September 28 Town Hall 6:00 p.m.
Wed., October 11 Town Hall 6:30 p.m. 
Wed., November 8 Town Hall 6:30 p.m.
Wed., December 13 Town Hall 6:30 p.m. 

* A Business / Landlord subcommittee meeting was held on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, Council Conference Room. 

** Postponed



Special Study Groups

Vision Statement & Downtown Plan

Michael Alvarez

Geraldine Keogh

Guy Checchio

Joe Mortarulo

Dr. Frank Di Lillo

Anthony Martucci

Nick Novello

Colleen Gialanella

Sonali Dalvi

Tom Strowe

 

Public Transportation/Traffic Flow/Parking/Safety/Infrastructure

Paulette Coronato

Bob LaCosta

Colleen Gialanella

Guy Checchio

Chief Ted Conley (Mayor's addition)

Luisa Bianco

Janna Chefnetz (Public Member)

Reverend Kenneth Truslow

Cris San Miguel

Tom Strowe

 

Existing Business/Landlord's Interface

Steve Goldberg

Joe Mortarulo

Geraldine Keogh

John Greenblatt (Public Member)

Anthony Martucci

Nick Novello

Richard Johnson

TJ Rph Gandhi

Sanjay Patel

Tom Strowe

Design Specifications/Ordinance Review

Bob LaCosta

Paulette Coronato

Michael Alvarez

Tom Strowe

 

Social Recreation

Geraldine Keogh

Paulette Coronato

Kim Decker 

Rich Fortunato

Tom Strowe

 

Investors/Developers Interface

Joe Mortarulo

Geraldine Keogh

Carla Kelly

Michael Alvarez

Tom Strowe

 

Public Interface

Al Smith

Llewellyn Jones

Al Mirabella

John Greenblatt (Public Member)

Luisa Bianco

Kasib Byers (Public Member)

James Reilly (Public Member)

Shawn Yaney

Tom Donatelli (Public Member)

Tom Strowe 

 

Public Properties

Al Smith

Llewellyn Jones

Al Mirabella

Colleen Gialanella

Carla Kelly

Police Chief Ted Conley (Mayor's Addition)

Fire Chief John Lestarchick (Mayor's Addition)

Rescue Squad Chief Dan Sullivan (Mayor's Addition)

Michelle Willis (Mayor's Addition

Tom Strowe 


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