CRANFORD APPROVES EXPANDED RIVERFRONT PROJECT IN SPLIT VOTE

By Leslie Murray
Cranford Chronicle
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

CRANFORD—In a meeting that drew nearly two hours worth of public comments, the Township Committee passed an amendment allowing 21 more units at the Riverfront Redevelopment Project in a split vote.

The agreement, which allowed 18 market rate units and three affordable units, with Garden Homes gives Cranford $756,000 in sewer and parking impact fees was drew sharp criticism from some residents.

While Commissioner Ed O’Malley, Deputy Mayor Kevin Campbell and Mayor Dan Aschenbach voted to approve the plan, Commissioner Mark Dugan opposed the expanded plan.

However, Commission David Robinson abstained from the vote, asking for more time for the committee to consider the amended redevelopment plan for the site. Robinson said that the committee members had been give the 90-page packet of documents before the Tuesday, June 14 meeting.

The agreement will now allow the Garden Homes, which began demolition at the South Avenue site in May, to construct 126 residential units at the five building mixed use project.