ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
AGENDA OF APRIL 18,
I. ROLL CALL
Driscoll, Chairman Arnold Schancupp – alt #1 (AE)
Soussa, Vice Chair Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2
Alexander Kachmar (AE)
Margaret Miller – Sanders,
Everett “Dick” Vreeland
Township Committee: Jim
Sandham; Scott Gallopo (alt)
Planning Board: Tony Speciale; Gary
Environmental Commission: Monica Mianecki
Meghan Hunscher, PP -
II. BOARD LIAISON REPORTS
Planning Board - Tony
Speciale / Gary Lewis
Board of Adjustment - Deane
The board liaison reports
were given. There were no applications
pertinent to the EDC.
Business Retention - Maggie,
Deane, Dick, and Arnold
Business Recruitment - Alex,
Jen, Ron S.
Vacancy Listing - Deane,
There were no reports from
IV. APPLICANTS / BUSINESSES
There were no applicants or
businesses appearing to speak.
Victor Canning, new
Mr. Canning was introduced by
Mr. Sandham and gave a brief overview of his background as Manger in Belleville. He indicated he will take a proactive
position on economic development and meet with prospective and current
developers. One priority is to meet with
state legislators to discuss the issues with Route 46 traffic patterns at
intersections such as Hook
Existing businesses have complained that the timing and configuration
are a challenge to doing business in town.
He also sees development of the website as a priority as well as
Kevin Boswell, Boswell Engineering - Regarding GI Auto
Mr. Boswell had been invited by
Mr. Soussa on prior occasions to speak before the EDC and decided to accept at
this juncture. He gave the EDC an
overview of status of development at G.I. Auto.
Lowes had backed out of the original arrangement to lease a portion of
the property and will be locating to Route 10 in Hanover.
He gave an overview of the details of the site specifics and said the
advantages of the site include that it is the only site within 5 miles of
Willowbrook mall that does not flood. He indicated he has had a number of
interested developers call wanting to develop either retail or mixed use condos
with retail. He expressed concern that
the ordinance does not permit retail “by-right” and requests a letter from the
EDC to the Planning Board and/or governing body to re-zone the property to
allow retail. Mr. Soussa requested that
Mr. Boswell forward concept plans for the site and the approved plan for Lowes
prior to supporting a letter. The
committee decided to take a poll in support of the letter once the concept
plans were forwarded.
Strategic Plan and Goal-setting for 2012
Workshop was postponed.
Adoption of meeting minutes
was postponed to May meeting.
There being no further
business to discuss, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 10:10 a.m.
Meghan Hunscher, Principal
Adopted at May 16, 2012