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Planning Board Approves 200,000-Square-Foot Warehouse

Planning Board Approves 200,000-Square-Foot Warehouse

An application for a more than 200,000-square-foot warehouse on Schoolhouse Road was approved April 7 by the Planning Board. The building at 17 Schoolhouse Road currently houses the New Jersey Chinese Community Center, and is the former home of the Central Jersey College Prep Charter School. The plan is to demolish the existing 90,000-square-foot structure […]

Engineering Firm Gets OK For Office Building

Engineering Firm Gets OK For Office Building

A Schoolhouse Road engineering firm received Planning Board approval April 7 to build an office building on its property. The Board approved a 6,095-square-ffot building that will be situated in front of the existing 6,000-square-foot building. Philip Prisco, the company owner, told the Board that the company’s office is operating out of a Summit location, […]

Township Fines Property Owners Who Demolished Historic Building Without Permits

Township Fines Property Owners Who Demolished Historic Building Without Permits

The owner of Route 27 property located in the Franklin Park Historic District faces $8,000 in fines after they apparently demolished historic buildings without the proper permits. The main building, located at 3011 Route 27, was built in 1840 and sat on the site of Somerset County’s first courthouse, according to Andrew Burian, chairman of […]

Democrats Face Primary In Township Council Race; GOP Slate Set

Democrats Face Primary In Township Council Race; GOP Slate Set

The Ward 1 Township Council seat currently held by the retiring Ted Chase is the target of a challenge in the upcoming Township Council primary election. The township Democratic Party has chosen current Board of Education member Ed Potosnak to carry the mantle for Ward 1, but Potosnak’s candidacy is being challenged by another newcomer, […]

Nine-Unit Apartment Building Approved For Hamilton Street

Nine-Unit Apartment Building Approved For Hamilton Street

The Hamilton Street Business District re-imagining continued on April 1, with the approval by the Zoning Board of Adjustment of a three-story, nine-unit apartment building. But unlike other apartment buildings approved in the District, this one will not feature retail space on the first floor. Instead, and in recognition of reality in other parts of […]

Kramer: Township Caught In State Covid ‘Third Wave’

Kramer: Township Caught In State Covid ‘Third Wave’

The number of township residents testing positive for the coronavirus shows that Franklin is an active part of the “third wave” of virus infections recently declared by state officials. That’s the word from Mayor Phil Kramer, who has been tracking data behind the virus’ affect on Franklin residents. “I guess I could have called this […]

$10,000 Diamond Engagement Ring Is Grand Prize Of Venus Jewelers Contest

$10,000 Diamond Engagement Ring Is Grand Prize Of Venus Jewelers Contest

A $10,000 Verragio diamond engagement ring is waiting for one lucky couple at Venus Jewelers, Rutgers Plaza, Easton Avenue. The ring is the prize in the store’s “Amazing Ring Race,” planned for May 2. Couples will compete in a hometown version of The Amazing Race, but with a big rock at the proverbial finish line.  Registration is […]

Financial, Labor Support Sought For Howe Farmstead

Financial, Labor Support Sought For Howe Farmstead

The Somerset County Historical Society is seeking financial and labor contributions to the restoration and historical preservation work at the Howe Farmstead in Colonial Park. This is the first time a historic property is being restored as an all-original venue for historical and other purposes in this unique fashion, while paying homage to an up-and-coming […]

Arbor Day Give-Away, Rose Festival Cancelled At Colonial Park

Arbor Day Give-Away, Rose Festival Cancelled At Colonial Park

The Arbor Day give-away and the Rose Day Festival at Colonial Park have been cancelled this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Somerset County Park Commission made the decision to cancel those two events, plus the Fourth of July celebration which usually occurs at North Branch Park, until 2022, according to a press release from […]

Township Council All In For Offering All Types Of Legal Weed Licenses

Township Council All In For Offering All Types Of Legal Weed Licenses

The Township Council on March 23 gave the high sign to supporting all six of the licenses that will be available for the budding legal marijuana industry in New Jersey. Council members unanimously supported a motion made by Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) to introduce and pass ordinances allowing for licenses for the cultivation, manufacturing, […]