At a Jan 4 meeting, approval from the South Orange Planning Board was given for the 320 Valley project to proceed. It will be a 22-unit apartment building, with 2,400 sq ft of ground floor retail space. As a result of neighborhood residents voicing their concerns, the developers did agree to contribute small sums of money for:
- situations caused by increased traffic at the intersection of Valley St., and the future building’s driveway.
- tree plantings, since they will be eliminating all the trees in the area in order to build
There are more developments planned on Valley all the way down to Roland. The newest proposed project at 320 Valley calls for 22 units with one retail spot available. Proposal sketch above and current photo far above. All this on a plot that currently only has ONE two-family home – the blue home pictured above.
There are many trees and shrubs (pictured) which give the area respite from the bustle of Valley St. It would appear that the developers will build all the way down to Valley St. for the retail spot which would eliminate the greenery. Ora Manor is immediately to the south (not pictured) and extends to the street., so current zoning shows that the proposal is ‘conforming’, but just because it’s conforming doesn’t mean 22 units are good for the residents of the area. There are still vacancies in retail on South Orange Ave. and Valley and…
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