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Friday, August 3, 2012

Redevelopment as Legos?

Rahway proposal has a familiar look. (Photo courtesy of Rahway Rising.)

Word comes via the Rahway Rising blog that Capodagli Development won approval for its 115-unit Meridia Lafayette Village rental development proposal Tuesday evening (see story here).

There are a number of points of interest to Plainfielders in this story.

First of all, the Rahway property involved was originally slated to be developed by our old friends at Dornoch -- who built Plainfield's Senior Center/condo project on East Front Street which had the misfortune to come on the market as the market collapsed. (And the Robinson-Briggs administration is still involved in a dispute over a quarter million dollars in unapproved interior finishing work.)

Secondly, of course, is that Capodagli also has a history with Plainfield -- the failed proposal for an apartment complex at the PMUA's Cottage Place and Richmond Street site way back in 2006. Though a redevelopment plan was rammed through the Planning Board in a highly unusual manner, Capodagli simply disappeared after questions were raised about whether its principal was barred from engaging in development at the time (he was).

Then there is the matter of the rendering (see top of this post). It reminds me of the 'renaissance of Georgian style' rendering Capodagli proposed for the Plainfield project.

Recycling ideas and plans?

Redevelopment as Legos?

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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