Questions, Comments, and Concerns, Contact:
Thomas Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment
On September 17, 2019, the Scotch Plains Township Council approved a Conditional Redevelopment Agreement with Advance Realty for the redevelopment of the Tier 1, Phase 1 section of Scotch Plains Downtown.
After review of proposals submitted in response to the RFQ/RFP for the Tier 1, Phase 1 section of Scotch Plains Downtown, the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee determined that the proposal submitted by Advance Realty, as revised, best represents the Township’s vision with regards to downtown redevelopment.
However, before fully designating Advance Realty as the redeveloper for Tier 1, Phase 1, the Township Council passed a Conditional Agreement requiring Advance Realty to fulfill certain conditions outlined in Schedule A. If those conditions are met and a final Redevelopment Plan is determined to be viable, financially feasible and consistent with the goals and vision of the Township, it is the intention of the Township Council to designate Advance Realty as the redeveloper for Tier 1, Phase 1. This agreement has been extended with the last extension occurring on October 6, 2020 and ending on January 5, 2021 while the Township and the developer continue to discuss the open items in the agreement.
Click here to read the entire Conditional Redeveloper Agreement.
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.
* 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.
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.
Mayor Joshua G. Losardo, Committee Chair
Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Stamler, Committee Vice Chairman
Al Mirabella, Township Manager
Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment (Secretary)
Bob LaCosta, Zoning/Construction Official
Mike Baker, Township Redevelopment Attorney
Mike Mistretta, Township Planner
Joe Doyle, Class IV Planning Board Member
Dr. Frank Di Lollo
Emilio A. Di Iorio
Click on the graphic to view frequently asked questions.
The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm, unless otherwise noted. Meetings will be held at the Council Chambers at Town Hall (430 Park Avenue), unless otherwise noted. See the calendar to the right.
Due to Covid-19, all meetings will take place on Zoom for the foreseeable future.
|February 10||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|** March 10||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|April 14||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|May 12||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|June 9||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|July 14||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|August 11||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|September 8||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|October 13||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|November 10||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
|December 8||Town Hall||7:00 p.m.|
* Reorganization Meeting
** Meeting postponed
*** Special Meeting