Downtown Redevelopment Committee

Scotch Plains Township Releases RFQ/RFP for Redevelopment of Tier 1, Phase 1 Section of Scotch Plains Downtown

Scotch Plains Township released its Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for the Redevelopment of the Tier 1, Phase 1 section of Scotch Plains Downtown on November 1, 2018.   

 

The Township is seeking qualifications and proposals from qualified and experienced redevelopers to redevelop the approximately 8.22+/- acre public portion of property available for purchase as identified in the Downtown Tier 1, Phase 1 Redevelopment area in accordance with the Redevelopment Plan that was endorsed by the Scotch Plains Township Council on September 25, 2018.   

 

Proposals may also include any of the privately owned parcels or a combination of the publicly owned parcels and the privately owned parcels identified in the Redevelopment Plan. 

 

For additional information about the RFQ/RFP, please contact Thomas Strowe, Project Coordinator for the RFQ/RFP Redevelopment Area, via email only at tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com

 

Click here to view the entire press release.

Tier 1, Phase 1 Redevelopment Plan

The Scotch Plains Township Council endorsed the Tier 1, Phase 1 Downtown Redevelopment Plan and authorized the issuance of Request for Qualifications / Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for developers to submit plans for development at their September 25, 2018 Township Council meeting.   

 

Click here for the press release and presentation. 

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.

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. 

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. 

 

Click here to view the map. 


2017 Summary Report

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) recently published its 2017 annual summary report to the Township Council. Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, presented the key findings and recommendations compiled in the report on behalf of the SPDRC at the Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Town Council Business Meeting. The Town Council voted to accept the report and publish the report on the Township’s website.

 

The press release and full report can be viewed by clicking here

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 

Luisa Bianco 

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.
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 9 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

** Special Meeting



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