Avalon Bay to rebuild, but fears of fire remain

Avalon Bay to rebuild, but fears of fire remain

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood was stunned last week when a six-alarm fire tore through the Avalon Apartments construction site on Feb. 4, destroying approximately two-thirds of the site — luckily the flames stayed away from the finished portions. The fire, which took approximately four hours and 120 firefighters to extinguish, destroyed the work already done […]

Avalon Apts. go up in flames

Feb. 4 fire destroys incomplete sections of construction project on Boyden

Avalon Apts. go up in flames

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood firefighters rushed to Boyden Avenue in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 4, to battle a six-alarm fire raging at the Avalon Bay construction site. The fire took more than four hours to extinguish. According to the Maplewood Fire Department, at approximately 1:30 a.m. firefighters responded to the area along […]

Prism has yet to use millions in WO bonds

Edison Village redevelopment going up quickly, with Prism likely to request bond money soon

Prism has yet to use millions in WO bonds

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The $6.3 million in municipal bonds issued by the township have still not been used by redeveloper Prism Capital Partners for Phase 1 of its Edison Village project, though that may soon change. According to township business administrator Jack Sayers, the township recently instructed Prism officials to submit invoices for any […]

West Orange, Orange work to improve Highland Avenue station

Towns’ leaders want a MidTown Direct stop at Highland

ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Councilman Victor Cirilo is heading up a renewed effort to get NJ Transit to make improvements to the Highland Avenue Train Station in Orange now that work has started on the Harvard Press development project and the West Orange Township Council has approved the Central Valley Redevelopment Area nearby. Cirilo […]

Foreclosure sale will not affect Edison Village redevelopment

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The mortgage holder that foreclosed on one of Prism Capital Partners’ West Orange properties last year purchased the land in a Dec. 13 foreclosure sale. Lender entity LBUBS 2001-C3 Retail 217 LLC bought 217-219 Main St. for $100, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department sales listing detail. The entity had […]

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 […]

Six grapple for three open seats on Township Council

TC candidates debate commercial vs. residential growth

Six grapple for three open seats on Township Council

WEST ORANGE, NJ — This year’s Township Council election sees six candidates vying for three open seats and comes at a pivotal time for West Orange, with taxes remaining relatively high, redevelopment continuing to shape the future of the community and senior citizen needs coming to the forefront of public consciousness, and those running believe […]

McGehee, Summersgill aim for sole open spot on TC

Candidates call for TC diversity — though different kinds

McGehee, Summersgill aim for sole open spot on TC

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At one point during Maplewood Senior Share’s recent Township Committee candidates forum, one resident asked Republican Mike Summersgill and Democrat Frank McGehee to pledge that whoever wins will work to keep his opponent involved in local issues. Both candidates offer a lot to the town, the resident said, adding that it would […]

HPC and Prism kerfuffle the result of a simple mistake

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Historic Preservation Commission, Prism Capital Partners and the township administration are now on the same page after representatives from all the groups met Oct. 21 to sort out confusion as to whether Prism is using the correct plans for its Edison Village project. According to Mayor Robert Parisi, […]