Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Light agenda for planning board.
The Planning Board disposed of two agenda items at an unusually brief regular meeting Tuesday night at Hartley Dodge Memorial Municipal Building. Board Vice Chairman Peter Flemming Sr. presided in place of Chairman Steven Tombalakian, who was absent due to illness. One item was a minor subdivision of property located at 37 Elm St., owned by Dr. Louis DeBiasse since 1960. The application sought to divide Block 1301, Lot 9 into two conforming lots, one more than 10,000 square feet and the other more than 11,000 square feet. Board planner Susan Blickstein asked if DeBiasse would agree to a deed restriction for construction of a single-family home on each lot, according to . board member and Mayor Mary-Anna Holden. Attorney Sam DeAngelis, …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Panel convenes tonight at 7:30 p.m.
As the year winds down the Planning Board will review a light agenda for Tuesday night's meeting. A Resolution for Memorialization grants the Minor Subdivision with Variances to Chris and Deanna Schraft on property located at 26 Dellwood Parkway South, for adoption. The only new business listed is an application for a Minor Subdivision by Louis DeBiasse, for the property located at 37 Elm Street. The board meets at 7:30 p.m. at Hartley Dodge Memorial.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Neighbor argues against restaurant expansion.
The Planning Board late Tuesday night approved an application by Stony’s Restaurant to develop an outdoor area at 20 Waverly Place into an outdoor dining patio. The unanimous vote at the regularly scheduled meeting at Hartley Dodge Memorial Municipal Building came after several hours of detailed presentations and cross-examinations from lawyers, continued from a session on June 7. “The rear of that property is, in my view, an eyesore in its current condition,” board chair Steven Tombalakian said. “It’s a detriment to the area in its present condition and I believe that approving this application and allowing the improvements to be created will be a net benefit to the community.” The decision to approve the application of the 27-square-foot…
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
School set to construct new University Center.
The Madison Planning Board memorialized the preliminary and final major site plan for Drew University's new University Center at its regular meeting Tuesday night at Hartley Dodge Memorial. The panel previously approved plans for the center, to be located at 36 Madison Avenue, at its March 16 meeting. Construction is slated to begin this summer with completion expected by June, 2012. The new center will be modernized, with a reflective roof and other features making the structure almost one-third more energy efficient. The University Center currently is home to a bookstore, post office, pub, snack bar, student newspaper, student government offices, and a game center. Drew in an accompanying land use proposal will erect a fence around more…
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Planning board OKs site proposal for Adams Dental practice.
The Planning Board at its regular meeting Tuesday approved plans by Adams Dental to redevelop the former Red Cross Property at 1 Kings Road. In a continuation of its presentation, Adams proposed to add curbing along the side of the building while reducing some pavement. In back, more pavement will be removed and curbing and landscaping installed. A sitting area with bench on the side of the building will be removed, and a bike rack repositioned. There was ongoing discussion of Adams' proposal not to use the structure's front door as a formal entrance, for safety reasons, Dr. Alison Adams told the board. Board members discussed the installation of a walkway or pavers to ensure pedestrian safety to the entrance proper, to be located at the …
Friday, December 10, 2010
Rental car company will develop retail location at 128 Main Street.
The Madison Planning Board approved this week an application by Enterprise Rent-a-Car to construct a retail location at 128 Main St. The board heard continuing presentations Tuesday night at Bayley-Ellard prior to the vote. In his presentation, independent engineer Bill Scott said one driveway had been eliminated from the proposal as suggested during presentations before the board Dec. 1, and noted some minor tweaks to the original plan. Discussion centered on the planned flow of vehicular traffic at the site, along with plans for pedestrian access within the parking lot. The revised proposal also includes a little more landscaping. Enterprise agreed to remove all or part of an old board fence on one side of the property. There was more …
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Hampshire Properties gets go-ahead to begin work on state-of-the-art office facility.
The Planning Board late Tuesday night approved an application by Hampshire Properties to redevelop the former Verizon site at 175 Park Ave. The unanimous vote at Bayley-Ellard came after several hours of detailed presentations, which were continued from two other sessions, including last week's. "We're not going to see anything else like it in Morris County, and maybe even in New Jersey," said Mayor and Board Member Anna-Mary Holden after the vote. "It brings standards for this kind of building up to a whole new level. It is going to be a very attractive location for corporate headquarters." Holden observed that the renovated property would be a better ratable than in the past, when Madison lost significant tax revenue as a result of a …
Friday, December 3, 2010
Dr. Allison Adams brings her site plan before the Planning Board.
Those who didn't know who bought the Red Cross property on Kings Road have their answer. Dr. Allison Adams purchased the property and is planning on moving her dental practice to the building, which is adjacent to the Green Village Road School property. She is also planning on having an office-only tenant upstairs. Adams' attorney Brian Burns of Burns & Schaffer of Florham Park and planning consultant Michael Tobia spoke to the Planning Board during a hearing on the site plan on Tuesday night at Bayley-Ellard. The property has been vacant for about a year after the Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the Red Cross decided in February to close the Madison location and move all operations to its Summit location. Burns said Adams will be …
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Site will exist at former Jaguar repair location.
A plan to take an existing building on Main Street between Greenwood and Alexander avenues and turn it into an Enterprise Rent-A-Car was heard for the first time by the Planning Board on Tuesday. The property, which resides at 128 Main St., was initially a service station and most recently a repair location for Jaguar automobiles. The majority of the discussion during the hearing's first night dealt with parking and the entering and exiting of the site. Testimony was given by the applicant's traffic expert, engineer Hal Simoff. Simoff said the parking necessary for the site in his eyes already exists. He said 13 spots exist and he believes the Enterprise will only need 11, including three for employees. Simoff testified to the board that …
Monday, September 13, 2010
Mainstay was brought back for resolution and kind words reflecting on her service.
The Planning Board brought back recent retiree and longtime member and past chairwoman Judy Mullins to honor her career. The board read a resolution and gave a plaque and plant to the 17-year veteran known for her expertise in landscaping, especially trees. Mullins, who is also a co-owner of Poor Herbie's with her husband, Dennis, wears many hats in Madison, including her membership in the Friends of Madison Shade Trees and the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance. Here is a video of the board honoring Mullins.