Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Heed Storch on Redevelopment

Councilman Cory Storch correctly chastised me for not mentioning that he asked Corporation Counsel Dan Williamson to slow down on a list of addenda to Monday’s agenda, which will be on the regular meeting tonight for approval.

Williamson rattled off a bunch of items, some quite significant, such as the redevelopment agreement for North Avenue.

Storch asked for brief descriptions of each item, including problems with the Marino’s tract plan for four acres on West Front Street and the North Avenue project by the main train station.

Among his points, Storch wanted it known that he hoped for language supporting LEED standards in the North Avenue contract.

For the uninitiated, LEED means “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and projects can be rated for their adherence to principles endorsed by the The U.S. Green Building Council.

Storch also demanded details on the Arlington Avenue redevelopment site and plans for a study of the Netherwood train station area.

Storch, who is also the council’s liaison to the Planning Board, said there is a strong consensus to look at the whole rail corridor through Plainfield.

“Without looking at the whole rail corridor, there might not be balance,” Storch said.

He said the Planning Board felt there had to be a “visioning process” for the entire stretch of the rail link, from Terrill Road to the western border.

No one else on the council raised questions about the process.

As Planning Board liaison, Storch has two views of proposed projects, both from a land use perspective and from that of the governing body. Plaintalker respects his views and suggests that citizens can profit from them.

--Bernice Paglia


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