Although it looks like crews are making fast work of it, Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca reports that demolition of the former PSE&G office building at Boyden Avenue and Springfield Avenue will continue through mid-October.
“Demolition [is] expected to be done by mid-October,” wrote DeLuca in an email. “”The parking deck construction will then start.”
Maplewood Urban Renewal LLC — an entity formed by Avalon Bay — will be constructing a 235-unit apartment complex on the site. Avalon Bay closed on the property in May. (Read about Maplewood Planning Board approval for the site plan here; read about the Township Committee’s approval of the redevelopment and financial agreements for the project here. Read about Avalon Bay’s assurance of fire safety precautions for the new building here.)
Earlier this month, Avalon Bay provided access to the site to the Maplewood Fire Department in order for firefighters to perform training (see the photos here).
Demolition began earlier this week — catching some locals (including Village Green!) unawares. However, DeLuca said that crews are following protocols to limit dust, including wetting down the debris, and that the demolition should not impact neighbors or visitors to the nearby Maplewood Community Pool.
Click on any image below to see a slideshow of pictures of the demolition.