Window And Door Part Distributor Wins Planning Board Approval For Elizabeth Avenue Warehouse

Engineer Michael Ford explains the office/warehouse project to the Planning Board.

A South Plainfield company that supplies hardware to window and door manufacturers will soon move into the township, thanks to Planning Board approval it won on Feb. 15.

The company, Vision Industries Group, will occupy a two-story, office/warehouse building on Elizabeth Avenue, abutting the Heller Industrial Park.

The company will use the site to consolidate its several warehouses and also increase its inventory on-hand, Joseph Blackwell, Vision’s general manager, told the board.

Luke Liang, Vision’s CEO, told the board that the company employs about 21 people. He said there would be seven to 10 pickups a day, usually by UPS or FedEx.

Blackwell said employees arrive at about 8:30 a.m. and leave by 5 p.m. He said there would be no pickups or deliveries after 4:30 p.m.

The applicant, 928 Holdings, needed two bulk variances, one for lot frontage and one for permission to erect a sign on an easement.

There was some discussion about restricting turns out of the proposed driveway onto Elizabeth Avenue to left turns only, which is what the applicant preferred. Michael Ford, the project’s engineer, told the board that Somerset County officials want them to allow right turns. Elizabeth Avenue is a county road.

Board chairman Michael Orsini said he will write a letter to county planning officials, asking them to allow the right turn prohibition.

Elizabeth Dolan, the project’s traffic expert, said the traffic impact of the building would be light.

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