Posts Tagged 'valley st.'
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Tags: Andrew Kit, architecture, Catherine Fisher, David Kraiker, development, essex county, Fourth and Valley, Haley Donovan, James Haley, ken krasner, Linda Cappaze, Meridia, nj, Real Estate, residential, retail, Sheena Collum, south orange, Sultan of Sanctuary, valley st., vision plan
Village President, Sheena Collum said the Village hoped to re-introduce the plan and agreements in January at a Board of Trustees meeting. The redevelopment plan would then be referred to the Planning Board for approval, then back to the Board of Trustees for a hearing and a vote.
“Third & Valley did not have the robust public process this has had,” said Collum. “Credit the neighborhood for mobilizing.” Neighborhood residents, David Kraiker, Andrew Kit, Linda Cappaze, Catherine Fisher and myself (and others) got together many times in preparation for our meetings with the town on this project. Speaking at the SOPAC meeting, Andrew Kit said, “This is the ideal of what a public process should be like.” We also were vocal about the 320 Valley project that has broken ground nearby.
As the town’s ‘vision plan’ has named the Valley St. corridor as one of the prime areas it’s looking to redevelop (in addition to South Orange Av & Irvington Av), it is very likely there will be interest in other sites nearby in the near future. If you’d like to get involved with contributing to shaping the future of the Valley St. corridor projects, please reach out to me – email@example.com
Tags: BOT, SID, south orange, Special Improvement District, valley st.
At a Monday night meeting, the Special Improvement District (SID) expanded farther down Valley Street in South Orange. The expansion passed a Board of Trustee vote 5-0, with several Trustees speaking out in favor and outlining the benefits. A businessman representing a few other affected businesses spoke out against the extra levy.
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Tags: 320 valley st., Academy Heights, architecture, development, essex county, Parker Ave., planning board, prospect st., Real Estate, south orange, South Orange Ave., Third and Valley, valley st.
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 I believe that an organic style of retail/restaurant resurgence that residents crave will occur where rents are (were) low (Walnut St., Montclair) not where developers will be charging high rents which will most likely only attract boring chain, franchise type retail instead of more appealing, original or mom & pop style shops.
This development will probably be discussed in much more detail at the next planning board meeting in October. Perhaps the developers can scale down the project to 12 units and leave some of the greenery there.
David Kraiker of Nextdoor Academy Heights made me aware of this particular development and is involved in many Academy Heights area issues. If you live between Prospect and Valley and between South Orange Ave and Parker, join Academy Heights on Nextdoor.com.