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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

North Plainfield NJ approves redevelopment of former tuberculosis hospital

By Vaseline May30,2024

NORTH PLAINFIELD ā€“ The long-awaited redevelopment of the former Villa Maria site has received unanimous approval from the City Council.

The proposal from Dunellen-based Villani Realty Group calls for 32 homes in eight buildings on the 14.6-acre Villa Maria site on Grove Street north of Route 22.

Of the total 32 units in the project, 13 will be affordable units and 19 will be market-rate units. The units range in size from 846 square feet to 1,162 square feet.

The plans call for 58 parking spaces, three of which are for disabled people and nine for electric vehicles.

The rest of the building consists of open space.

The buildings, designed by Kevin Tempalsky of North Plainfield-based Taylor Architecture & Design, are designed to resemble single-family homes and blend in with the neighborhood.

Each building will have an automatic sprinkler system and the first floor units will be handicapped accessible.

The colonial-inspired exterior features gable roofs, double-hung windows, shutters and covered porches.

Formerly owned by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, Villa Maria is one of the largest tracts of land in North Plainfield.

Villa Maria was originally a tuberculosis sanatorium that was founded in 1889 by Dr. Justus Cooley was opened. The facility was closed at the beginning of World War I.

In 1938, the property was purchased by the Franciscan order and “dedicated to troubled and endangered women”. In later years, the order added a long-term nursing facility to the property, which closed in 2002.

In 2017, a fire caused structural damage to one of the buildings.

In 2007, the council approved ā€œStony Brook at North Plainfield,ā€ a 225-unit senior housing project. City officials said the development could generate about $1.2 million annually in taxes on a tax-exempt property.

But the project, which was criticized for traffic issues and the historic nature of the property, was never built.

In 2020, the city council approved a redevelopment plan for the location.

In 2019, the Somerset County Improvement Authority purchased the land for $4.7 million from Watchung Hills in North Plainfield LLC. In February, the Somerset County Improvement Authority reached an agreement to sell the property to Villani Realty Group. The purchase price was not disclosed in the settlement agreement.

The developer has applied to the municipality for a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program.

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Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his articles covering Somerset and Hunterdon counties, subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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