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33 Residential Units Coming to Former Jewelry Mart Site on Springfield Avenue, No PILOT

The Maplewood Township Committee will be considering a resolution to authorize the execution of a redeveloper’s agreement for the former Jewelry Mart site on Springfield Avenue on Tuesday, July 3.

The redeveloper’s agreement is not accompanied by a financial agreement, meaning there is no tax abatement or Payment in Lieu of Taxes proposed for the project. “No PILOT,” was confirmed by Mayor Vic DeLuca, who responded to email queries about the project from vacation.

The resolution (No. 146-18) reads in part that “the redeveloper proposes to consolidate the property to develop, construct and implement therein a mixed-use project consisting of 33 residential rental units, including 5 affordable units, approximately 8,100 sf retail/commercial space and approximately 63 onsite parking spaces.”

According to DeLuca, the site plan for the project has been approved by the Maplewood Planning Board at its June 12 hearing. The redevelopment agreement covers 1581 Springfield Avenue and 1589-93 Springfield Avenue.

See the full redevelopment agreement in the Township Committee meeting agenda attached, starting on page 17. Also attached are elevations for the development as presented to the Planning Board.

After the Planning Board passes its final resolution on the site plan July 10, memorializing its approval, the developer plans to start demolition.

DeLuca reported that “about half” of the 33 apartments are “with lofts” — hence the project name “Maplewood Lofts.” Village Green will update this story with a full breakdown of apartment sizes shortly.

Expected completion of the project is for Fall 2019.

The Maplewood Township Committee designated an LLC affiliated with local builder and architect Mark Carelli as the developer of 1581 Springfield Avenue last September. Carelli recently developed “255 Tuscan” the site of a former church on Boyden Avenue as 30 apartments across from Seth Boyden School.

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