Planning Board Approves Variance For Martorana Property
Saturday, May 19, 2012 • 1:30am
NEWTON, NJ – The planning board unanimously adopted a zone change for property behind the Quick Chek on Sparta Avenue in Newton.
The property use has been switched from commercial to residential use, which will now help poise the landowners, Joe and Greg Martorana, for construction of Grande Villaggio.
Grande Villaggio will consist of 54 townhouses and six COAH affordable housing units on the seven-acre tract. “This will allow us to consider a site plan and subdivision application this summer for this important tract of land in Newton,” said Town of Newton Town Manager Thomas S. Russo, Jr.
"We are very happy with this,” said Lisa Fairclough, property manager. “The neighbors are very happy by the change of use for the change from retail.”
Fairclough said in addition to the townhomes, there would be a park area that will include a bike path, and the development will also have a clubhouse.
The starting prices for the units begin at $239,000.
“I look forward to the success of this project, as the availability of 54 townhomes in Newton will be critical to our long-term success as a community,” Russo continued.
Greg Martorana said most nearby residents have been supportive, and have expressed they would rather see housing than another strip mall.
Martorana said the project would benefit the plaza currently there, with 60 families within walking distance.
“We’re going to try to move along as much as possible,” said Martorana.
The next step is for Martorana to obtain site approvals, and expects it may take a few months for the permits to come through.
“Best case scenario, the end of September, worst case, December,” said Martorana about when the project may start.
Martorana said the first order of business would be to construct the buffer zone between the new development and the current residences.
“With Thorlabs and Meadowbrook Inventions right around the road, I am confident these units will sell rather quickly, thus presenting the impetus for what I hope will be additional developer interest in the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment area,” Russo said.
Martorana said he is considering the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment area, and some more housing, depending on the outcome of Grande Villaggio.
“I want to thank all the board and people in town who supported me,” Martorana concluded.
For information about purchasing one of the townhouses in Grande Villaggio, contact Fairclough at: (201) 321-1586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.