Tuesday, April 25, 2017
One thing was evident at last night’s Planning Board meeting. Despite assurances that this was a discussion on a proposal for redevelopment of the presently unused portion of the Muhlenberg campus that will require the Planning Board’s adoption and a recommendation to the Council to adopt by resolution a redevelopment plan; there is a “done deal”.
Once again the politicians, perhaps from Trenton, have created a situation about which the Plainfield public will have no say.
The references to dwelling units was clarified by Board chair Scott Bey as “120 market rate apartments”.
In answer to Robin Bright’s "Do you have a developer?”; Scott Bey remarket that it was the owner’s rights to announce if there was a developer.
“Plainfield Economic Development Director Carlos Sanchez said the property is under contract, but there are a "multitude of conditions" to be worked out before approvals”.
There may be a question about ownership of the area in that. JFK’s claim is not clear.
Nancy Piwowar in the past has insisted that the Muhlenberg Foundation owns the property so there is questions about the deeds.
It was noted that the area occupied by the new ER and the commercial dialysis unit building and the Nursing School are not included in the redevelopment plan. Since these do included for profit properties should there not be taxes owed on at least part of the area.
Skipped over was any clarification or questions about the external communication units. Could that included a cell phone relay tower?
Monday, April 24, 2017
A day to remember the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis
Sadly there are those who claim this is not true
For those who would know more of the history there is a list of seven new books http://www.jta.org/2017/04/14/life-religion/7-new-books-about-the-holocaust-you-should-read-according-to-scholars?
Saturday, April 22, 2017
ON Monday I wrote concerning the draft Muhlenberg Redevelopment Plan: “I have seen no mention of an inpatient facility of any size in the proposal; no mention of a for profit entity being contacted; since there is no place for non-profits in today’s world.”----
“There is merit in that the plan may restore accessible physician’s services to Plainfield. But no quality local group services will be possible without inpatient availability.”
What struck me was the continued references to “Dwelling Units” or “Housing” and an ill-defined building for health care usage.
It refers to the City Master Plan; quote: “This Plan represents the City’s effort to restore the Muhlenberg site to productive use and to prevent it from falling into disrepair and becoming an eyesore. The Plan permits a mix of medical uses, including hospitals, and non-medical uses such as general offices and dwelling units that are designed to anchor the surrounding land use pattern and enhance the overall quality of life of Plainfield residents”
The Draft also infers that the Historical part of the Hospital will be destroyed after memorialization and such reference placed in the City Library. Except for the old entrance building which contained 2nd generation ORs on the 2nd floor and intern quarters on the 3rd floor; none of the structures have any potential use. The earlier OR wing had been converted to laboratories with the morgue in the basement.
I cannot visualize any of the recent hospital buildings with the exception of the wing containing the ER and OR being structural sound for conversion.
It would be ideal if a small acute care hospital could be included since that is the most pressing need for this community of over 50K and a surrounding area of more than 100K.
That would also be a focus for outpatient medical offices including specialists as well as generalists.
The realities of the situation are that there is in today’s medical climate no incentive for physicians to be in a medical mall without hospital access or affiliation. No hospital is a possibility without the interest of a for profit organization. Unfortunately there is no economic incentive for any affiliated hospital physician group to locate in Plainfield.
• Active political intervention in Trenton is needed to accomplish the above. The plan states “The City has made significant efforts since 2009 to bring a full-service hospital back to the site. These efforts have not been successful” I am not aware of such efforts in fact that when the hospital was first closed I was informed that potential “replacers” were never given a hearing.
• On page 32 the Draft states “The former JFK Muhlenberg hospital has been part of the fabric of the Plainfield community for over a century. The restoration of a similar use to the property will protect the character of the existing community”
• We should be assured that that is the prime objective for redevelopment.