The Maplewood Planning Board will review the Redevelopment Plan for 104 Baker Street — the former Toomey’s Automotive site — at its March 12, 2019 meeting.
The meeting, scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m., takes place in the conference room at Maplewood Town Hall, 574 Valley Street. See agenda attached below.
Although the Maplewood Township Committee introduced an ordinance (#2943-18) adopting the Redevelopment Plan at its Feb. 5 meeting, the final hearing and vote on the ordinance was moved from February 19 to March 19 because the Maplewood Planning Board was unable to review and comment on the redevelopment plan due to the cancelation of its Feb. 12 meeting.
After two community meetings soliciting feedback, the Township is looking to adopt the plan (see below) that allows for a mixed use development at 104 Baker Street — but at a lower height than originally proposed.
“In the final plan we lowered the height to 37 feet from 47 feet based on community concerns,” Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca told Village Green. “It is still three stories – first story is retail space and parking, 2nd story is for possible commercial space and apartments and 3rd story is for apartments.” DeLuca said than a development conforming to the plan would “likely be 10 or 11 apartments and about 1,800 square feet of retail space.”
At the Feb. 5 TC meeting, some members of the community criticized the plan, citing concerns around character, size and parking. Some Baker Street retailers said they were worried about the impact of another construction project on business.
Maplewood to Intro Amended Redevelopment Plan for Toomey’s Site, February 4, 2019