Hamilton Street Advisory Board Sees Plans For Three Projects

A plan to renovate a gas station on Hamilton Street, and add a commercial building, was one of three presented to the Hamilton Street Advisory Board at its Aug. 7 meeting.

The Hamilton Street Advisory Board on Aug. 7 got a look at plans for three proposed developments in the business district.

Two of the projects have been in the hopper for a while; one of those has already been approved, but had been changed. The third project is new.

The new project involves the BP gas station at the corner of Hamilton Street and Shevchenko Avenue.

The plan is to renovate the gas station by adding more pumps, then build a 5,000-square-foot commercial building next to it, said HSAB executive director Vince Dominach.

Dominach also showed the board plans submitted by the Rev. DeForest “Buster” Soaries to construct a four-story, mixed-use building at Franklin Boulevard and Martin Street.

The third project is one that won Planning Board approval last year – although not easily – and then was sold to another developer, who made some slight changes.

The project is targeted for 745 Hamilton Street, and originally involved building an L-shaped mixed-use building with retail on the first floor and 39 units on teh second and third floors, with three single-family homes built behind it on a street the developer was going to create.

The modified project eliminates the three houses – which township planners didn’t care for, anyway – and increases the size of the building, Dominach said.

It also increases the number of floors to four, and the number of apartments to 61 – 18 one-bedroom and 43 two-bedroom – he said.

The amount of retail space remains the same at 6,000 square feet, he said.

All three projects go up for township approvals in September. Dominach said.


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