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Warren Township Planning Board Hears Development Plan for Dubois Road

Brenda A. Nemcek

Thursday, February 27, 2014 • 3:32pm

WARREN, NJ - A proposal to build 35 condominiums on the site of a former textile mill on Dubois Road was heard by the township Planning Board this week.
 
Warren Township has a contractual relationship with the developer, 29 Dubois Road Urban Renewal, LLC. 
 
The development is situated on an 8.5-acre triangle bordered by Mt. Bethel, Reinman and Dubois roads, and is diagonally across the road from the East County Reserve and athletic fields.
 
The two-story units will be situated in eight buildings with no buildings identical in build out.
 
Each unit will be approximately 2,400 square feet, according to plans submitted to the Planning Board, and will have a two-car garage and three bedrooms — most with a master bedroom on the first floor and two bedrooms on the second floor. 
 
On April 8, 2013, the Warren Township Planning Board approved a redevelopment plan that includes adding 35 condominium units on Dubois Road. A motion was made to approve as it is "not inconsistent with the master plan."
 
But the discussion regarding the redevelopment has been ongoing since at least 2010 with discussion and preliminary and periodic approvals at the Planning Board and Township Committee meetings since that time. 
 
The township had previously adopted an exemption application and the financial agreement for tax exemption of 29 Dubois Road regarding the urban renewal redevelopment project for the former knitting mill.
 
The site was zoned for commercial use, but because it is being redeveloped, the township has the ability to utilize a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program.
 
The township will not pay regular taxes on the property and will retain approximately 95 percent of the payment and 5 percent will go to the county. There will be no tax annual service charge.
 
The project, including a proposed landscaping and lighting plan, will be discussed again at the next meeting scheduled for March 10.
 
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