East Brunswick council adopts ordinance amending Tices Lane redevelopment project

East Brunswick Township Council meeting room; East Brunswick Township seal

EAST BRUNSWICK–After several revisions were reviewed, the East Brunswick Township Council adopted an ordinance accepting the newly revised 110 Tices Lane Redevelopment Plan.

On Nov. 26, 2018, the council adopted Ordinance 18-45 to adopt a redevelopment plan in regards to 110 Tices Lane, according to the council. In January of this year, the council referred amendments to the planning board that was approved by the council on Feb. 10, according to the council. The council finally adopted the ordinance on March 23.

Wanting to upkeep social distancing practices amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Mayor Brad Cohen, along with Councilmen Michael Spadafino and Kevin McEvoy, were present at the meeting.

Council President Sterley Stanley, Council Vice President Sharon Sullivan and Councilman James Wendell were present via phone.

On Feb. 26, the planning board reviewed, approved and recommended the adoption of the Tices Lane plan amendment prepared by DMR Architects, according to the council.

The developer for the project is Garden Homes Development, Short Hills. Garden Homes Development principal Scott Loventhal estimated the cost of the project at $100 million, which could be a six-year project for the company.

The agency is requesting that the Tices Lane Redevelopment Plan be amended to reflect the following changes:

  • The current ordinance limits the number of apartments to 360. It is recommended that the maximum number of apartments be 380 to provide some flexibility.
  • The current ordinance prohibits three-bedroom market-rate units. It is recommended that up to 50% of the townhomes, which are the Type B and C units, be three bedrooms, not to exceed 32 units.
  • The current ordinance permits 20% maximum building coverage. It is recommended that the coverage be increased to a maximum of 25%.
  • The current ordinance allows a maximum building length of 400 feet. It is recommended that the maximum building length be increased to 450 feet.

“Also, as part of that plan, you are going to see some off-site improvements. Part of the redevelopment area we would like to see is a widening of Tices Lane,” Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Michael Hughes said. “We are going to have to do some work and some legwork on our end to make that happen and to move forward so traffic can flow a little bit easier. We are committed to making that happen. You are also going to see a new traffic light be installed there as part of their plan.”

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Contact Vashti Harris at [email protected].