Beautiful weather greeted Maplewood Township officials and architect/development Mark Carelli on Saturday, October 23, for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of 255 Tuscan, a brand-new 30-unit apartment building across the street from Seth Boyden School.
The building is leasing quickly, said Carelli. Residents began moving in in September.
The new development replaces the former Hilton United Methodist Church, which had become dilapidated beyond repair. (Read about the contents of the time capsule found in the church’s cornerstone here.)
Renters can choose between one and two-bedroom apartments in what the 255 Tuscan website refers to as a “boutique apartment complex” with “luxury amenities” which include a fitness center, cyber lounge, and an indoor parking lot. One-bedroom apartments are renting for $1,850-$1,950/month; two-bedroom apartments are listed for $2,325-$2,450/month.
The redevelopment project received no tax abatements.
Earlier this month, Carelli was selected by the Maplewood Township Committee to redevelop Maplewood Manor at 1581 Springfield Avenue, the current site of the vacant Jewelry Mart building. He said plans will include commercial space on street level with residences on the second floor.
Read Donny Levit’s full report on 255 Tuscan here.