Urban/Suburban Regional Planning & Redevelopment: What Makes It Work

Fanwood, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Project Description

1340-1426 South Avenue, Plainfield  

The project entails the consolidation of 9 lots, obtain portions of 2 lots, combine the lots and construct two (2) four-story residential apartment buildings totaling 212 units (114 units in one building, 98 units in the second building).  Of the 212 units proposed, 48.1% (102) are one-bedroom and 51.9% (110) are two-bedroom units.  The proposal includes 302 parking spaces where 404 are required; 87 of the spaces are garaged.  The proposed residential density is 44.7 units per acre.  The proposal also includes 3,421 SF of amenities including: community room, billiards room, media room, virtual fitness room, meditation room, fitness room, a yoga room, and a community area with table, bar, and kitchen facilities.  The properties are part of the South Avenue Gateway Redevelopment Plan, which was approved by the Plainfield City Council on April 13, 2015.

 926-1018 North Avenue, Plainfield        

The North Avenue project consists of the demolish of  the existing structure at 926-1018 North Avenue and construct of a 44,248 sq. ft. five story mixed residential/retail use building.  This structure will contain 120 apartments, (26 studio, 73 one-bedroom, and 26 two bedroom units), three commercial spaces (4,890 sq. ft.), a restaurant (1,230 sq. ft.) with outdoor dining, and in-house amenities including a full lobby with mail services, a fitness room, a multi-purpose room, and an interior courtyard.  Parking will be provided via 162 parking spaces in an attached five-story parking garage. 

This development has been advanced by North Avenue Urban Renewal, LLC through the city’s adoption of the North Avenue Redevelopment Plan.  The site is immediately to the west of the Netherwood Train Station within the designated Netherwood Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area.  It is the first mixed use development envisioned for the North Avenue properties adjacent to the NJ Transit railroad tracks which will transform the area from blighted, vacant, underutilized industrial uses to a vibrant, mixed use neighborhood providing living, working and play opportunities within this TOD.  After obtaining necessary city and Department of Environmental Protection approvals, construction is expected to start in spring 2018.   

333 Central Avenue, Westfield     

“333 Central Avenue”, a 70 unit one and two bedroom residential building located at the intersection of South Avenue and Central Avenue, is now open for occupancy.  Residents of 333 Central Avenue can walk from their front door to all that downtown Westfield offers in a matter of minutes, as well as, easily take advantage of the mass transit that is available for inter-local and regional travel. “333 Central Avenue” provides a housing alternative which appeals to both existing residents and newcomers. Many of these individuals are looking to live, dine, shop, and “play” within the same community, and Westfield provides this opportunity.

“333 Central Avenue” is an example of how a municipality and developer with common goals can come together to better a community. The project resulted in the improvement of underutilized property in the downtown area, provides a mix of both market and affordable housing, and resulted in the physical improvement of the heavily traveled intersection of South and Central Avenues. Already acting as a catalyst for other planned projects, its construction is resulting in a long vacant automobile service station directly across the street being converted to a restaurant, a prime example of adaptive reuse.

400, 450-490 South Avenue & 50 and 70 Center Street, Garwood   

The property is located within the South Avenue Transit Oriented Redevelopment area.  The site proposes to demolish the vacant former industrial buildings, remediate and redevelop the subject property with approximately 396,000 Gross SF mixed use building.   The proposed building will include 298 apartment units, 19366 SF of Retail space, on-site Leasing Office, on-site amenities for residents including fitness facility and pool, a parking deck that will be wrapped by the building on three sides, and an open plaza opening to the South Avenue Streetscape.

Fanwood Crossing, Fanwood  

The Fanwood Crossing project is Fanwood Downtown- block 64 redevelopment site in Fanwood.  It is the primary block of Fanwood's downtown, generally bound by South Ave and Martine Ave.  Fanwood's approach was a holistic approach to the entire block. Our presentation will focus on the unique vision and strategy which resulted in a multi-faceted, multi-project rebirth of Fanwood's downtown.  It includes a TOD driven plan, community support, government participation, private development and stakeholder development.  The story of Fanwood success is not limited to the Fanwood Crossing residential development project.   It's actually the sustainable growth and TOD spurred revitalization of block 64.   Fanwood Crossing will be covered as a component of this award winning Downtown vision and its success.

The following are the significant development projects built to date as part of the Downtown Fanwood Redevelopment:

  1. 220 South Ave. Block 64, lot 1.01 (Ling): street level retail with 8 residential rental units above.
  2. 234 South Ave. Block 64, lot 1.02 (Marcovecchio): street level retail with 10 residential rental units above
  3. 250 South Ave. Block 64, lot 7.01(Fanwood Crossing I): street level retail with 24 residential rental units above
  4. 246 South Ave. Block 64, lot 7.02(Fanwood Crossing II): street level retail with 40 residential rental units above
  5. 233 La Grande Ave. Block 64, lot 5.0104 (Fanwood Crossing III): 16 two bedroom residential rental units

Currently under construction are:


  1. Block 64, lots 17 – 20 (Station Square at Fanwood):  35 residential rental units including 7 COAH units
  2. 35 Second Street Block 64, lot 22 (Jobar Realty): 2,900 sf commercial with 3 residential rental units above.
  3. 56 S. Martine Ave. Block 64, lot 16 (Franks Auto Body): Expansion and renovation
  4. Pedestrian Plaza- The Borough of Fanwood is constructing a pedestrian plaza behind the Martine Ave stores of Block 64 to connect the South Ave plaza adjacent to Mara’s to La Grande Ave.  The walkway project will include benches and planters and other amenities to create appealing new public space downtown. Outdoor dining and various public programming will be offered in the plaza once complete.    


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    New Jersey Redevelopment Authority
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