Thursday, August 10, 2006

Residents To Have Say Tonight

Residents with views on goals for city planning and redevelopment should find time to attend a meeting at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006) in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave., to speak out. The meeting will be a “discussion/hearing on the Master Plan and areas in need of redevelopment,” according to an Aug. 4 legal notice.

The Planning Board is presently revising the master plan, which sets goals for the city’s future in terms of zoning, density and other land use issues, including redevelopment.

The board held an earlier open session to gather resident input and members also decided to devote their regular second meeting each month to revising the master plan.

Since the new administration of Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs took over Jan. 1, the focus of planning and redevelopment has shifted from about a dozen previous redevelopment plans to projects emphasizing “transit-oriented” development around rail and bus hubs.

One such proposal involves demolition of a South Avenue auto body shop to make way for a four-story, 64-unit condo complex within a quarter-mile of the Netherwood train station. The Board of Adjustment will resume hearing the application for that project at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2006 in City Hall Library.

The applicant, Maxim Development Group, has projects in New London, Conn. to renovate a 1921 landmark theater and in Seneca Falls, N.Y. to build 27 three-bedroom town homes. Partner Patrick Gawrysiak is also proposing to renovate the Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls.

Readers can learn more about Maxim Development Group in online newspapers, The Day in New London, Conn. and the Finger Lake Times in Geneva, N.Y. For prior Plaintalker articles, use the search feature at the top of the blog to look up Maxim or site owner Sal Carfaro.

--Bernice Paglia


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