Planning Board delves into master plan update goals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Planning Board unanimously voted to initiate the process for developing an updated township master plan at its March 1 meeting. The New Jersey legislature requires municipalities to re-examine their master plans every 10 years, which means West Orange’s revision is not due until 2020. But Chairman Robert Bagoff […]

Involved West Orange resident, architect Gurland dies at 81

Community will miss Gurland, his work and personality

Involved West Orange resident, architect Gurland dies at 81

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Gerald Gurland, noted architect and longtime member of West Orange’s Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Board, died at the age of 81 on Feb. 2. Gurland played a consistent role in maintaining the character of West Orange for more than 20 years, initially as member of the Planning Board’s board of […]

Eben resigns from DWOA board before he can be removed

DWOA board hopeful for downtown’s future ... without Eben

Eben resigns from DWOA board before he can be removed

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Planning Board member Jerry Eben resigned from his position as a trustee of the Downtown West Orange Alliance during the nonprofit’s Dec. 21 meeting following some tense exchanges and a near vote to remove him from the board. Eben announced his resignation just as DWOA Chairman John McElroy called […]

Central Ave. redevelopment moves ahead

Planning Board approves redevelopment plan, debates merit of including public self-storage area

Central Ave. redevelopment moves ahead

WEST ORANGE, NJ — At its Dec. 7 meeting, the West Orange Planning Board unanimously approved the redevelopment plan for the six Central Valley properties designated as a condemnation area in need of redevelopment. But the board did not just wholly accept the plan, which was prepared by Peter Van den Kooy and Sean Moronski […]

Gregory School traffic upgrades appear to be working

Gregory accident doesn’t appear to be related to bus loop

Gregory School traffic upgrades appear to be working

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The controversial bus driveway and kiss-and-go lane that were constructed at Gregory Elementary School during the summer are operating as efficiently as hoped for, according to school officials. Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky told the West Orange Chronicle that the school’s four large buses have been able to move into and […]

Planning Board wants vision plan from TC

Planning Board goes middle path, holds off on voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on Eagle Rock designation

Planning Board wants vision plan from TC

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Planning Board decided neither to recommend nor reject the idea of designating seven properties in the Eagle Rock commercial district as areas in need of redevelopment during its Aug. 3 meeting; instead, it voted to give the Township Council one year to create a vision plan for the […]

Gregory work moves ahead, with a few serious hiccups

Unauthorized tree removal, no silt fence — snags in work

Gregory work moves ahead, with a few serious hiccups

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Construction on the long-awaited and hotly debated parking project at Gregory Elementary School began July 7, with work currently focusing on the drainage system for the staff parking lot. Leonard Lepore, the township engineer, told the West Orange Chronicle that contractor JTG Construction Inc. has been concentrating on the installation of […]

Town considers designating Eagle Rock as a redevelopment area

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A professional planner hired by the township to conduct a redevelopment investigation into the Eagle Rock commercial area recommended that seven of the 18 properties he studied be designated as an area in need of redevelopment at the West Orange Planning Board’s June 1 meeting. The Eagle Rock commercial area consists […]

Planning Board votes yes, 6-3, on Gregory improvements

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Planning Board approved the final plan for the proposed bus driveway and expanded parking lot at Gregory Elementary School during a courtesy review at the board’s June 1 meeting. The board voted 6-3 to pass the plan, with members Jerry Eben, Gerald Gurland and Gary Wegner deciding against […]