Downtown Redevelopment Committee

Tier 1, Phase 1 Redevelopment Plan

Mayor Al Smith and the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC), working with Township Planners Harbor Consultants, presented their Tier 1, Phase 1 downtown redevelopment plan during their September 5, 2018 public special 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. 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 Ted Spera (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

Victor Vinegra, Planner

Paulette Coronato, Class IV Planning Board Member

 

Business Members

Steve Goldberg

Joe Mortarulo

Dr. Frank Di Lollo

Nick Novello

Tom Read

Geraldine Keogh

Anthony Martucci

 

Resident Members

Carla Kelly

Colleen Gialanella

John Greenblatt

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

Click on the graphic to view frequently asked questions.



2018 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 10 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
* Wed., February 14 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., March 14 Town Hall 7:00 p.m.
Wed., April 11 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
** Wed., May 9 Shady Rest 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., June 13 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., July 11 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., August 8 Town Hall 7:00 p.m.
*** Wed., September 5 Town Hall 7:30 p.m.
Wed., September 12 Town Hall 6:00 p.m.
Wed., October 10 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 
Wed., November 14 Town Hall 7:00 p.m.
Wed., December 12 Town Hall 7:00 p.m. 

* Meeting has been cancelled

** Meeting will be held at Shady Rest (820 Jerusalem Rd.)

*** Special Meeting



Subcommittees

Transportation/Traffic Flow/Parking/Safety/Jitney Service

Al Mirabella, Chairman

Police Chief Ted Conley, Vice Chairman

Fire Chief John Lestarchick

Rescue Squad Chief Dan Sullivan

Al Smith

Ted Spera

Steve Goldberg

Geraldine Keogh

Luisa Bianco

Colleen Gialanella

Tom Strowe

Janna Chefnetz (Volunteer)

Reverend Kenneth Truslow (Volunteer)

Cris San Miguel (Volunteer)

 

General Downtown Redevelopment Planning

Paulette Coronato, Chairman

Camaal Benoit, Vice Chairman

Tom Strowe, Secretary

Leigh Fleming, Township Planner

Jeff Lehrer, Township Redevelopment Attorney

Al Smith, Mayor

Ted Spera, Councilman

Bob LaCosta, Zoning/Construction Official

Nick Novello

Tom Read

Michael Alvarez

Luisa Bianco

 

Resident Interface

Michael Alvarez, Chairman

Luisa Bianco, Vice Chairman

Carla Kelly

Colleen Gialanella

Camaal Benoit

John Greenblatt

Ernesto Cerimele

Tom Strowe

 

Business/Landlord's Interface

Steve Goldberg, Chairman

Joe Mortarulo, Vice Chairman

Geraldine Keogh

Irene Smith (Volunteer)

Anthony Martucci

Nick Novello

Frank Di Lollo

Tom Read

Richard Johnson (Volunteer)

TJ Rph Gandhi (Volunteer)

Sanjay Patel (Volunteer)

Tom Strowe

 

Public Properties

Al Smith, Chairman

Al Mirabella, Vice Chairman

Police Chief Ted Conley (Mayor's Addition)

Fire Chief John Lestarchick (Mayor's Addition)

Rescue Squad Chief Dan Sullivan (Mayor's Addition)

Director of Scotch Plains Library Michelle Willis (Mayor's Addition

Tom Strowe 

 

Public Arts

Shannon Boniface, Chairwoman

Amanda Sellinger, Vice Chairwoman

Al Smith

Tom Strowe

Margaret Heisey

Colleen Gialanella

Leigh Fleming (Harbor Consultants)

Shawn Yaney (Volunteer)

Richard Johnson (Volunteer)

 

Infrastructure

Al Mirabella, Chairman

Bob LaCosta, Vice Chairman

Al Smith

Ted Spera

Anthony Martucci

John Greenblatt

Tom Strowe

Reverend Kenneth Truslow (Volunteer)

Cris San Miguel (Volunteer)

 

Communications/Promotions

Tom Strowe, Chairman

John Greenblatt, Vice Chairman

James Reilly (Volunteer)

Shawn Yaney (Volunteer)

Kasib Byers (Volunteer)

Tom Donatelli (Volunteer)

Rich Rozycki (Volunteer)

 

Redevelopment Plans

Al Smith, Chairman

Ted Spera, Vice Chairman

Al Mirabella

Victor Vinegra/Mike Mistretta (Township Redevelopment Planners)

Jeff Lehrer (Township Redevelopment Attorney) 

Bob LaCosta

Paulette Coronato

Steve Goldberg

Joe Mortarulo

Anthony Martucci

Michael Alvarez

Luisa Bianco

Camaal Benoit

Tom Strowe

 


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