Officials seek to redevelop Hazlet Town Center

HAZLET The Township Committee approved a resolution introducing a redevelopment plan for Hazlet Town Center.

The redevelopment plan is proposed for property known as Block 239, Lots 1 and 1.01, located at the intersection of Route 35 southbound and Bethany Road. The property is approximately 19.8 acres in size, and is located within the township’s Business Highway zoning district.

The redevelopment plan would permit the following principal permitted uses: shopping centers; retail sales establishments; retail service establishments; banks and financial institutions; child care center; health and fitness club; restaurant; fast food with drive-thru facilities; offices; automobile fuel dispensing facilities with convenience stores; educational uses; medical uses; entertainment uses such as, but not limited to, movie theaters, trampoline bounce parks, bowling alleys, laser tag, arcades and other similar uses, according to the committee agenda.

A portion of the property was formerly occupied by Kmart and Pathmark. The balance of the property is used for other retail and commercial purposes, according to the committee agenda for the Aug. 1 meeting.

A new owner owns the entire plaza, with the exception of the Verizon store and Wine Academy, according to Mayor Sue Kiley.

The businesses that are still open in the plaza have been notified about the redevelopment plan, she said.

The plan will be considered for a final reading after a public hearing on Aug. 15.

For more information about the redevelopment plan, visit www.hazlettwp.org/agenda/Township%20Committee.

During the Aug. 1 meeting, the committee also approved two resolutions promoting police officers Joseph Forgione and Scott Randolph to the position of sergeant. Both officers will receive an annual salary of $111,562.23 pro rated, as set forth in the current PBA‘s contract, according to the committee agenda.

Contact Vashti Harris at vharris@newspapermediagroup.com.