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Townhouse Development Approved For Cedar Grove Lane

Area outlined in yellow is the site of The Grove at Somerset. Photo: Franklin Township Planning Department.


A townhouse project targeted for Cedar Grove Lane, which was the subject of a lawsuit, received final approval Nov. 1 by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Known as The Grove at Somerset, the 34-unit development is planned to be built on nearly eight acres between the Jain Center and Cedar Hill Landscaping, across the street from Cedar Grove Plaza.

The development’s eight buildings will hold two- and three-bedroom townhomes, in three-, four-, and five-unit blocks.

The project has been kicking around since 2010, when the developer, King Row Homes, first appeared before the Zoning Board with an application for a 62-townhome development.

The board instead approved about 25 units, prompting the developer to appeal the decision to state Superior Court. A Superior Court judge sided with the developer and sent the application back to the Zoning Board.

In March 2013, King Row Homes filed an amended application, this one for 55 townhomes. Following that, the developer, Zoning Board and township reached a settlement, later approved by the court, limiting the developer to the number of units that were eventually approved.

Some units will have two-car garages while others will have one-car garages, and additional parking will be provided on the streets.

An access road from Cedar Grove Lane will meander up the middle of the project, where it will “T” with another road.

The court settlement required the developer to provide more than 13,000 square feet of recreational space. To satisfy that requirement, the developer also designed in a community garden, an area for a gazebo and a 5,000-square-foot play area for children.

The project is also bordered by a residential development. Some neighbors convinced the Zoning Board to require a fence along the project’s rear property line to block their view of the townhomes.

The project also needed several bulk variances for coverage area and setbacks, all of which were approved by the board.

 

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