Sunday, April 30, 2017
There are several items of interest at Monday night’s agenda fixing session.
The first is the CBAC’s report of the on the proposed budget and then there is Resolution A ??’ Reserved Space” “ Possible adoption” of the CY 2017 Budget.
There is a resolution “E” Granting a waver of fees to Patricia Fields to use the Milt Gamble Field for a “free Community Concert”. ,8/19/2017. Patricia Fields lives in Hillsbourgh NJ and is acting for the”New Outlook Pioners” club of Murray Hill. This club consists of workers of Lucent Tecnologies”.
They have provided free concerts in the past in the Plainwood Park which at present is unavailable due to construction. They are asking for a waiver of fees and complimentary police protection . they plan to invite a limited number of entrepreneurs as vendors.
Public works has several resolutions via the Morris Cooperative. One amends the contract with Stavol for street re pavements for an additional 120K to repave Columbia Ave.
There is another that uses the Morris County Co-Op For concrete replacement at Engine Houses 3&4 for the sum $53K. What is interesting is that there is an attached quote from Cifelli $ Son General Construction,Inc of Nutley for that amount with the following statement “a final quote will follow upon request”
Tsivicos Enterprises 2will get 223K for the Madison Ave. Skate Park. According to Pennoni Associates the contracted City Engineers the only other bid was 405K from a California company.
Another resolution awarding a Seacoast Construction $703,146.25 as the lowest bidder per Pennoni for West Third St. re pavement. Why was this project bidded out whereas others have been awarded through the Morris County CO-OP as more cost effective?
There are several Planning Board requests for resolutions but none for the Muhlenberg Campus redevelopment.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Buying habits have changed and the Internet is killing brick and mortar stores.
Once again the Plainfield area is going to suffer from the loss of an commercial business . It is not entirely unexpected but there are proposals by re-developers the Sears store sites. A Cinema is planned to replace the automobile site.
In Westfield the Limited chain has filed for bankruptcy, as has Payless Shoes who has a store in Plainfield.
Is it customary to issue a RFP for redevelopment based on a proposal but before there is a redevelopment plan? Or does one create a redevelopment plan based on a developer’s desires? Which came first the chicken or the egg?
Who proposed the plan; Plainfield’s Planning Board or JFK? How many responses were there to the RFP?
Is it a coincidence that the approved redevelopment plan that the Council will be asked to confirm in a resolution seems to mirror CHA’s description of itself: CHA creates custom-built medical arts complexes. CHA has a diverse mix of national and local tenants including: Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Urgent Care Centers, Diagnostic Laboratories, Pharmacies, Dialysis Centers, Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Centers, Sleep Centers, Breast Centers, Oncologists, Diabetes Counseling, Physical Therapists, Substance Abuse Centers, Home Healthcare Agencies, Women’s Health Centers, Vocational & Employment Training, and Primary Care & Specialty Physicians
CHA already has a contract with JFK to purchase the portion of the area covered by this “Redevelopment Plan”. But does JFK or the Muhlenberg Foundation own the property? Have the deeds been researched? Was the “Luxury Apartments “proposal just a pig in the poke so that this present plan would not meet strong public resistance.
Yes it is most suggestive that this redevelopment is another Trenton supported done deal. That old bridge sign greeting train travelers “Trenton Makes; The World Takes “still reflects the truth although no longer about manufacturing but now about political deals.
The reality is that if there ever were a chance to have an inpatient acute care facility; Trenton would block it. Also unfortunately the primary factor that led to the demise of Muhlenberg as an independent hospital; the economic and racial demography of the area, would deter consideration by any for profit hospital chain.
When you or I have a heart attack or a stroke when minutes are critical in determining life or death we have been dealt a possible fatal blow by political manipulations that have deprived Plainfield of its hospital.
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?