Developer claims 750 Walnut to create same traffic pattern

Developer claims 750 Walnut to create same traffic pattern

CRANFORD, NJ — A proposed 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. would generate “roughly the same” amount of traffic as it would if it were a fully occupied industrial complex, according to an engineer for Hartz Mountain Industries. Karl Pehnke, the traffic engineer for the developer, estimated at the Sept. 13 Cranford Planning Board […]

Density scrutinized by board for 750 Walnut

Density scrutinized by board for 750 Walnut

CRANFORD, NJ  — The local Planning Board at its Sept. 5 meeting focused on the issue of density and whether a builder’s plan to construct 30 units per acre at 750 Walnut Ave. would be “consistent and compatible” with other development in the township. Although density has often been the topic during five months of […]

Longtime Cranford firefighter eulogized by mayor

Longtime Cranford firefighter eulogized by mayor

CRANFORD, NJ — Mayor Tom Hannen’s voice cracked with emotion as he paid tribute to longtime resident Brian Koshney at the close of the Aug. 14 township committee meeting. Hannen remembered Koshney, 50, who died of cancer earlier that day at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. The resident was a repairman for the Cranford pools […]

Cranford teens climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Cranford teens climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

CRANFORD, NJ — From the summit, James Anderson watched the sun ascend through the clouds and begin to warm the side of Mount Kilimanjaro. What the world looks like from 19,000 feet above sea level — and 7,500 miles from home — is something the 17-year-old Anderson struggles to put into words. Though it was […]

Cranford moving ahead with stormwater drainage plan

Cranford moving ahead with stormwater drainage plan

CRANFORD, NJ — The Township Committee is moving ahead with a plan to upgrade stormwater drainage to the area prone to flooding when the Rahway River spills over its banks, as it most notably did during Hurricane Irene in 2011. At its Aug. 14 meeting, the committee voted to authorize the township clerk to advertise […]

Sunny Acres residents anticipate shadow of Hartz project

Sunny Acres residents anticipate shadow of Hartz project

CRANFORD, NJ — The room filled with applause the moment the ordinance to designate Sunny Acres as a historic district was unanimously approved by the Township Committee on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Moments later, 50 or so Sunny Acres residents and the committee members posed for photos in front of a banner reading: “Sunny Acres: First […]

Hartz disputes school population numbers

CRANFORD, NJ — The representative for a developer seeking to build a 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. disputes previously published reports that the project would increase the township’s student population by 39 percent. James Rhatican, vice president of land use and development for Hartz Mountain Industries, said in a phone interview Monday, Aug. […]

Study predicts 39 percent spike in Cranford student population

CRANFORD, NJ — The superintendent of schools and the school board president issued a joint statement expressing concern that a proposed 905-unit apartment complex planned at 750 Walnut Ave. would have a “dramatic and substantial impact” on the school district. The statement by Superintendent Scott Rubin and board President Kurt Petschow come in the wake […]

Hartz asked for environmental impact study

Hartz asked for environmental impact study

CRANFORD, NJ — The planning board was greeted with applause from 125 or so residents at its Aug. 1 meeting when it voted to require a developer seeking to build a 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. to provide an environmental impact statement. Board members wondered whether the 30.5-acre parcel of land had been […]

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