Tuesday, April 25, 2017
PLANNING BOARD MEETING
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?