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16-Unit Project Proposed for Vacant Bumper 2 Bumper Site on Springfield Avenue

Former Bumper 2 Bumper at 1866 Springfield Avenue will potentially be developed as a multifamily structure.

The vacant lot at Springfield Avenue and Yale Street in Maplewood  — long a gap in the Springfield Avenue business district’s renaissance — may soon see new cconstruction.

Dale Caro, who developed the 15-unit Yale Street Commons apartment building on the opposite side of Yale Street, is asking the Maplewood Planning Board for an informal review of a “proposed 16-unit residential complex.” The review is scheduled for the Planning Board meeting on September 11. (Planning Board meetings take place at the Maplewood Municipal Building — otherwise known as Town Hall — at 574 Valley Street and begin at 8 p.m.)

Mayor Vic DeLuca told Village Green, “Years ago the Bumper 2 Bumper site was approved as a mirror image of the Yale Street apartments, including 15 units.” But before shovels could hit the ground, the economic crash of 2008 stalled development on Springfield Avenue. Now a robust economy and a very hot local real estate market are driving projects once again. Springfield Avenue area projects include the Jewelry Mart (33 units), Elite Properties at the former DiPietro site (30 units) Avalon Bay (235 units), 255 Tuscan (30 units) and a recently approved 182-unit assisted living facility with adult day care at Tuscan and Boyden. Elite Properties also constructed 151 units at Maplewood Crossing on Burnett Avenue on the southern border of the Hilton neighborhood.

When asked about the smaller size of the Caro developments as compared to other projects in the town, DeLuca said: “Parking limits really drive the number of units.”

Village Green will be reporting on the informal review in a followup story.

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