Highlights of Oct 25th 2016 Raritan Borough Council Meeting
Meeting was broadcast on "Cablevision-Optimum" Channel 15 & "Verizon FIOS" Channel 37.
All Council People were present.
The proposed apartment complex to be built by JMF Properties at the above location is inching forward.
The town voted to begin the formal redevelopment classification for that land.
The developer obviously needs to have that land approved to be apartments before he moves forward.
The proposed apartment complex, which was once for 306 units, is now planned to be 284 units.
It will consist of Studio Apartments, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom dens, and two bedroom units.
At a previous meeting the developer stated that apartments of this size next to a railroad usually
do not attract families, but single professionals who are commuting to their jobs on the train.
That is important as additional kids could overcrowd the schools.
The complex is scheduled to be four stories.
It will have a 4000 sq foot club room, media room, fitness center, yoga room, and pool.
The developer said that the taxes that the town currently takes in from that property is $25,000.
and the taxes that the town will take in from this apartment complex will be $663,000 per year.

It was said that JMF Properties has verbal agreements and/or contracts "in progress", but not yet completed, to obtain
all the properties (along with the buildings that will be knocked down) that are needed to build this complex.
Thus the use of Eminent Domain to forcibly take these properties (at fair market value) "should be" avoided.
Click to watch discussion / presentation from meeting.
Other Meeting Highlights Include:

Two properties - 57 and 59 LaGrange Street - the old First Aid Squad building and a warehouse business -
were officially declared as an area for Redevelopment.
The Mayor said that it is hoped that in the future this location will be designated for Senior Citizen's Housing.

Purchase Orders were approved for the Police Department .
$5220 to "Lawson Supply Company" for Guns and Magazines.
$3848 to "Atlantic Tactical" for Holsters and Holders to hold the guns.

The Mayor read a proclamation thanking Police Chief Kenneth McCormick for his years of service.
He will be retiring in February of 2017.
Lieutenant Ray Nolte has been designated as acting chief until a permanent police chief is named.

The Halloween Parade / Contest will be held on Oct 31st.
It has since been held - photos can be seen by clicking here.

The entire video of the meeting can be seen at the Borough's Web Site
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