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Jain Center Wins Planning Board Approval For Driveway Arch

Jain Center Wins Planning Board Approval For Driveway Arch

It took about eight months, but the Jain Center on Cedar Grove Lane won approval for a proposed driveway arch at the February 7 Planning Board meeting. The biggest stumbling block of the application – whether the Center was obligated by prior Planning Board decisions to align the driveway with that of Cedar Grove Center […]

Jain Center Walks Away From Planning Board Empty Handed, Again

Jain Center Walks Away From Planning Board Empty Handed, Again

Representatives of a township temple were once again unsuccessful January 3 in getting Planning Board approvals for a decorative archway planned for the temple’s driveway on Cedar Grove Lane. The difficulty arose when some Planning Board members asserted that years’-old approvals for the Jain Center included a stipulation that they must align their driveway with […]

L’Oreal Plan For Building Expansion Sent Back To Drawing Board

L’Oreal Plan For Building Expansion Sent Back To Drawing Board

Representatives of L’Oreal USA were sent back to their drafting table by the Planning Board December 6, whose members did not like the company’s plans for a more than 149,000-square-foot addition to their main building on Commerce Drive. The Board members’ main gripe was that the new addition would encroach on homes that abut the […]

Strategy Session Set For Ask To Prohibit Trucks On County Roads

Strategy Session Set For Ask To Prohibit Trucks On County Roads

Township officials plan to put their heads together this week and strategize on how to ask Somerset County to decertify some County roads for truck traffic. The idea is the latest in a number of efforts to mitigate the effect Franklin’s burgeoning warehouse inventory is having on the township environment. The move to get the […]

Planning Board: County Should Bar Trucks From Some County Roads

Planning Board: County Should Bar Trucks From Some County Roads

In the latest salvo against the widespread development of warehouses and their attendant truck traffic, the Township Planning Board wants Somerset County to disallow the big rigs on all or parts of some County roads. At the urging of Board member Robert Thomas, the Board passed his motion to have Principal Planner Mark Healey contact […]

Planning Board To Hear 91,000-square-foot Warehouse Application

Planning Board To Hear 91,000-square-foot Warehouse Application

An application to build a 91,000-square-foot warehouse on a vacant lot on Atrium Drive is set to be heard October 4 by the Planning Board. The one-story building would have 81,065-square-feet of warehouse space, a mezzanine, 43 parking spaces and 13 loading docks, according to the application. The project is targeted for a roughly 5-acre […]

Planning Board Denies B9 Warehouses Application

Planning Board Denies B9 Warehouses Application

An application to build two warehouses across from the Canal Walk housing development was unanimously rejected September 26 by the Planning Board. The vote came after months of Board hearings, sometimes acrimonious testimony and regular attendance at the meetings by more than 200 residents, most of whom live in Canal Walk. It also came after […]

Planning Board To Start New Public Comment Procedure

Planning Board To Start New Public Comment Procedure

Attendees at the September 26 Planning Board special meeting on the B9 warehouses project will encounter something new: a sign-up sheet for those who wish to make public comment. The decision to create the sign-up sheet was made at the Board’s September 20 meeting, and is seen as a way to help gauge how much […]

Tempers Flare, Residents Get Their Chance At The Mic At Latest B9 Warehouse Hearing

Tempers Flare, Residents Get Their Chance At The Mic At Latest B9 Warehouse Hearing

Tempers flared at the penultimate Planning Board hearing on a proposed two-warehouse development at Mettlers and Schoolhouse roads on September 6. The tension came when Peter Lanfrit, the applicant’s attorney, was blocked from presenting a witness because a report on what the witness would testify to had not been submitted to the Board. Visibly agitated, […]

Apartment Building, Medical Clinic Approved By Planning Board

Apartment Building, Medical Clinic Approved By Planning Board

The latest project in the Renaissance Redevelopment area and a medical clinic – both targeted for Somerset Street – were recently approved by the Planning Board. The Board heard the applications at its August 16 meeting. The Board approved an application for a four-story, mixed-use building at Somerset Street and Voorhees Avenue, on the site […]

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