Developer wants to build age-restricted townhouses on Edison’s property

by | Dec 3, 2021 | Golf Courses

EDISON – Plans to build 23 townhouses on the site of the former Charlie Brown’s restaurant on Plainfield Road are being re-submitted to the community’s Zoning Board of Adjustment this month, but this time the developer is trying to put age restrictions on them.

Markim Developers LLC is proposing to demolish a 23-unit retirement home development at 222 Plainfield Road adjacent to Metuchen Golf and Country Club in a golf course zone on the site of the former Charlie Brown’s restaurant, a public announcement said.

The further public hearing on the motion is scheduled for December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Edison Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Boulevard.

Charlie Brown's former restaurant on Plainfield Road, Edison

The return of the application, which was postponed in July, follows protests from local residents who opposed the original $ 15 million townhouse project of 23 units called The Links of Edison. Although the original plans didn’t include age-restricted units, residents said 23 units in four three-story buildings would be too intensive use for the 2-acre site if 100 acres were required.

Residents expressed privacy, traffic and security concerns about the project, as well as the impact on the predominantly single-family homes in the area.

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In addition, local residents said Plainfield Road was already a busy road. The road to nearby Woodbrook Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, and St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, which are just blocks away, is often congested. The carriageway is also a major artery for traffic away from the Inman and Park avenues.

A group of local residents protested Tuesday against plans to build 23 townhouses on Charlie Brown's former restaurant lot on Plainfield Road.  Another group rallied on Woodbridge and Silver Lake avenues against plans to build a large warehouse.

During the December 14 session, the applicant will be expected to provide testimony, exhibits and other evidence about the amendment to the application and the revisions to the plans, including restricting units to those aged 55 and over and reducing the height of buildings to 33 feet, 10 inches, which is less than the 35 feet allowed in the zone, and restricting access to Plainfield Road to prohibit left turns off the site.

Additionally, the developer intends to eliminate the third-floor rear balconies on the south and north buildings, add a second row of trees 3 to 12 feet tall to shield the plots south of the property, and other site changes as per the public notice make.

The applicant applies for a provisional and final site plan, a usage deviation to enable age-restricted multi-family residential use within the golf course zone, in which only golf courses are permitted, a deviation for the maximum area, mass deviations for the required minimum plot area, the plot depth and the rear yard offset, the maximum percentage the property coverage by buildings and the maximum building height in terms of the number of floors.

No townhouse signs have been posted along Plainfield Road in Edison, where the construction of 23 townhouses is planned on Charlie Brown's former restaurant site.

Originally, the three-story, three-bedroom units cost around $ 650,000. It is unclear whether this selling price will stay the same.

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