October 19, 2016
At the June 27th Readington Township Planning Board meeting, the Board held a preliminary hearing for the Nelson Street Tract in Whitehouse Station. The Board gave preliminary approval for the tract to be developed into approximately 68 rental units of 1-, 2-, and 3-BR housing. The approval is part of the Township's master plan to enhance development within walking distance of the NJ Transit train station and to enhance the economic viability of Main Street and other area businesses.
It also provides an alternate type of housing in Readington that will be more affordable for residents of Readington such as seniors who are downsizing for a simpler lifestyle and want to stay in the community where they raised their families and for young people leaving home for a chance at a smaller, more affordable residence with quick access to the train station and shops downtown. Income guidelines for living there will accommodate many retirees and young families.
The preliminary plan will work around the existing wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas of the tract. The site runs from the unimproved Cleveland Place street (accessed from Whitehouse Avenue) through the unimproved Nelson Street location with a small bit of frontage on Main Street. The development will connect to the existing township sewer line on this site. Please see the map for details.
The next step is for site plans to be developed and presented to the Planning Board by the developer Ingerman Development Company (www.ingerman.com).
Citizens for Readington supports this smart planning practice, one which will hopefully breathe new life into a downtown we all care about.