PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield’s Planning Board will conduct a hearing on Thursday, October 15, on the application submitted by PL 836 Plainfield LLC to construct a mixed use project for premises located at 400-04 Watchung Avenue.
The applicant is proposing to demolish the existing building to develop a six-story mixed use building with art studio commercial space on the first floor, and five floors with 118 market rate apartment units.
According to the notice, “Approximately 89 of the units will be live/work units whereby a portion is devoted to work space and the remaining space is dedicated to living purposes by the person who practices its trade. The building amenities will include a resident lounge/event space, co-working space, a fitness room, a yoga room, an art gallery, community room, rooftop courtyard space and an outdoor dog walk.”
LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF PLAINFIELD PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF VIRTUAL HEARING Application No.: PB-2020-22. In accordance with the Ordinances of the City of Plainfield, and the Statutes of the State of New Jersey, TAKE NOTICE that on the Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm the City of Plainfield Planning Board (the “Board”) will conduct a virtual public hearing on the application of PL 836 Plainfield LLC (the “Applicant”) to construct a mixed-use project at premises located at 147-49 E. 5th Street; 143-45 E. 5th Street; 139-41 E. 5th Street; 131-37 E. 5th Street; 421-23 Cleveland Avenue; 417-19 Cleveland Avenue; 413-15 Cleveland Avenue; and 401-11 Cleveland Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey and designated as Lots 8-14 and 15.01 in Block 836 (hereinafter “Lots 8-14 and 15.01”) on the City of Plainfield Tax Map and premises located at 400-04 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey designated as Lot 1 in Block 836 on the Plainfield Tax Map (hereinafter “Lot 1”).
Applicant is proposing to demolish the existing vacant buildings on the site and develop the properties with a new six (6) story mixed-use building on Lots 8-14 and 15.01. The building is proposed to consist of approximately 6,290 square feet of art studio commercial space on the ground floor, with the upper five (5) floors containing approximately 118 units of market rate residential apartments units, amenity spaces, a parking garage with approximately 77 off-street parking spaces on the first floor and associated site improvements.
Approximately 89 of the units will be Live/work units whereby a portion is devoted to work space and the remaining space is dedicated to living purposes by the person who practices its trade. The building amenities will include a resident lounge/event space, co-working space, a fitness room, a yoga room, an art gallery, community room, rooftop courtyard space and an outdoor dog walk.
On Lot 1, the Applicant is proposing to adaptively reuse the existing three-story building as a mixed-use building comprising of 5,600 square feet of commercial on the ground floor and 6 Live/work residential apartment units on floors two (2) through three (3). The property is also developed with 1 story building on the same lot adjacent to the 3 story building. Block 836, Lots 9-14 and 15.01 are located in the Cleveland Avenue Arts and Culture Subdistrict of the Transit Oriented Development District (TODD) – South Redevelopment Plan; and Block 836, Lots 1 and 8 are located in the Central Business District Subdistrict of the Plan (TODD/CBD) (collectively the “Plan).
Applicant also seeks Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval and the following “c” variances , deviations and/or waivers from the Plan and the City of Plainfield Land Use Ordinance (“Land Use Ordinance”) for Lots 8-14 and 15.01: Variances: 1. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-24 B Minimum 10 foot wide buffer around parking lot to adjacent non-residential use or district (Required 10 feet, proposed 2 feet); 2. Land Use Ordinance § 17:9-24 C (1) Minimum 5 foot wide buffer around all sides of parking lot (Required 5 feet, proposed 2 feet); 3. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-43 B(1) Minimum width of landscaping islands (Required 10 feet, proposed 0 feet); 4. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-43 B(2) Required no more than 8 spaces in a row without an intervening landscape island, proposed 10 spaces without an intervening landscape island; 5. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-42D- Required parking shall setback 5 feet from property line, proposed setback 2 feet from the property line; 6. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-43(B)- Required 5% of interior parking lot shall be provided with planting islands, proposed 0%; 7. Land Use Ordinance §17:9-42A- Required no non-residential driveway shall be located within 5 feet of property line, proposed 1 foot from the property line; 8. Section 4.2.1 of the Plan – Minimum Lot Area TODD/CBD 5,000 square feet; Block 836, Lot 8 is 3,000 square feet. 9. Section 4.2.1 of the Plan- Maximum lot coverage TODD/CBD 95%; proposed for Block 836, Lot 8 is 100%. Waivers: 1. Section 4.3 Parking Area Design Standards of the Plan – All parking shall be located in the rear or side yard of the property. The proposed parking is to be located in the front yard; and 2. Land Use Ordinance §17:11-8: Dwelling unit storage space – each dwelling unit shall be provided with a completely enclosed, covered storage space consisting of a minimum of three hundred fifty (350) cubic feet of storage space provided less than 350 cubic feet of storage space. 2. Land Use Ordinance §17:11 -8-B9b: Each unit above ground floor shall be provided with a private balcony area. Required 118 balconies, 93 balconies are proposed. Applicant also seeks Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval and the following “c” variances, deviations and/or waivers from the Plan and the City of Plainfield Land Use Ordinance for Lot 1: Variance: 1. Section 4.3 Parking Standards of the Plan- Required insufficient off-street parking 17, proposed 0. The existing building occupies the entire lot. Waivers: 1. Land Use Ordinance §17:11-8: Dwelling unit storage space – each dwelling unit shall be provided with a completely enclosed, covered storage space consisting of a minimum of three hundred fifty (350) cubic feet of storage space, provided 0 cubic feet of storage space. 2. Land Use Ordinance §17:11 -8-B9b: Each unit above ground floor shall be provided with a private balcony area. Required 6 balconies, 0 balconies are proposed (existing building). Applicant also seeks such variance relief, exceptions, waivers, permits, interpretations, approvals, or licenses that are deemed necessary or appropriate by the applicant or the Board, and/or specified by the Planning Board’s planner or engineering consultants and which may arise during the course of the hearing process. Any person or persons affected by this application will have an opportunity to present any objections to or offer comments on the proposed development. The Board does, however, have the right to exclude repetitious testimony. It is requested that anyone who anticipates undertaking cross-examination, introducing evidence and/or making public comment on any application advise the Board Secretary by email or phone in advance of the virtual meeting date. Please supply your name, address and the telephone number at which you may be reached on the night of the meeting in the event that you do not have the ability to access the meeting remotely by computer.
The purpose of this notification is to ensure that any additional documents to be identified or referenced at the virtual meeting can be available for review by all participants and members of the public. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit or block the ability of any member of the public to make inquiries; or offer comment or opinion on any application based upon the testimony and exhibits proffered by an applicant at the virtual meeting. Any person or persons wishes to submit written public comment concerning this application may do so by written letter or electronic mail submitted to the Board Secretary at least one (1) day prior to the virtual meeting date. Any written public comment submitted by written letter or electronic mail will be read aloud and addressed during the public comment portion of the hearing on the application. Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting can choose one of the following options: 1. Computer/Mobile Device (by entering the link): https://zoom.us/j/96900711068?pwd=eFZFd3VEdTk5MG45MnRWTlYyRytSUT09 Webinar ID: 969 0071 1068 Password: pl2020 If logging in to Zoom via Computer or Mobile Device for the first time, please allow a few extra minutes to install the program (if using a computer) or application (if using a mobile device). Individuals accessing the meeting by computer/mobile device will be capable of making a public comment at the appropriate times during the meeting by clicking the “raise hand” button and waiting for the host to unmute them. 2. Telephone (for a higher quality, dial a number based upon your current location): US: +1 312 626 6799; or +1 646 558 8656; or +1 301 715 8592; or +1 346 248 7799; or +1 669 900 9128; or +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 969 0071 1068 Password: 436143 Individuals accessing the meeting by telephone will be capable of making a public comment at the appropriate times during the meeting by dialing *9 on their telephone and waiting for the host to unmute them. Please contact the Board Secretary at least two (2) days in advance of the meeting if you need assistance in order to access the virtual meeting. Copies of the application materials, including any maps, plans and documents relating to the applications will be available at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing at the following web address: https://plainfieldnj.gov/cms.aspx?page_id=210&page_name=Planning%20Board If you do not have computer access or are otherwise unable to access the application and supporting documents online, please contact the Board Secretary to make other arrangements to inspect same. The contact information for the Board Secretary is as follows: Rosalind Miller, Board Secretary, City of Plainfield, phone: (908) 753-3486; and email: [email protected] In the event that the Board Secretary is not available to immediately answer the telephone, please leave a message and also call back during regular business hours. Date: October 5, 2020 PL 836 PLAINFIELD LLC By: /s/ Marsha M. Moore ___________ Marsha M. Moore, Esq. Attorney for Applicant Post, Polak, P.A. 425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 200 Roseland, New Jersey 07068 (973) 228-9900 ext 220 Email: [email protected] ($190.06)