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Millstone affordable housing hearing set to continue on June 29

MILLSTONE – An application that proposes the construction of a 170-unit residential development is scheduled to have its next hearing before the Millstone Township Planning Board on June 29.

Hexa Builders, LLC, is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval to construct a development at 711 Perrineville Road, Millstone Township, near Route 571 and the border of East Windsor.

The application was heard on March 9 and most recently on May 11. No decision regarding the application has been made by the board. Attorney John Giunco represents Hexa Builders.

Following the presentation of testimony on May 11, the Hexa Builders application was carried to the board’s June 8 meeting, but testimony was not heard that evening.

During the June 8 meeting, board members voted to continue the public hearing to a special meeting on June 29. The special meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Wagner Farm Park facility, Baird Road.

The applicant’s representatives asked for the special meeting to begin at 6:30 p.m., but the board members chose to set their regular meeting time of 7:30 for the continued public hearing.

Representatives of Hexa Builders have said the proposed development at 711 Perrineville Road will consist of 18 buildings on a 36-acre lot. There will be 122 townhouses constructed in 16 buildings and 48 condominiums constructed in two buildings.

The townhouses will be sold at market rates and the condominiums will be marketed for sale under New Jersey’s affordable housing guidelines, according to the applicant.

The proposed development was initially announced by municipal officials in 2019 as part of the township’s plan to provide opportunities for the development of affordable housing in the community.

All of Millstone Township’s previously approved affordable housing projects contain only affordable housing units. Those developments are referred to as 100% affordable housing projects.

The project envisioned by Hexa Builders is the first development proposed in Millstone Township that would include market rate homes and affordable housing units. This type of development is referred to as an inclusionary project.

The property is owned by Gerald Baldachino, who presented the township with the initial plan to develop the lot on Perrineville Road.

Attorney Michael Steib, who represents the Planning Board, informed the board members during the June 8 meeting that the present deadline for a decision on the Hexa Builders application is June 30.

Steib said the board members may request an extension of time from the applicant during the June 29 meeting, but if an extension of time is not granted, the board members will have to vote on the application based on the testimony that has provided to that point.

During the public hearings, some board members criticized what they said is missing information from the application. They expressed concern about the possibility of being forced to vote on the application without having what they said is all of the necessary information.

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