Resolution 17-14 awarded a professional services contract of $297,000 to Warren-based Whitestone Associates for environmental consulting services relative to properties located on Block 318, which are part of the Slokker redevelopment project.
Slokker is the conditional redeveloper of the properties and the agency is expected to approve a redevelopment agreement (Resolution 21-14) with the Vienna, Va.-based firm at its meeting on Wednesday. The City Council at its April 14 meeting will consider a 30-year PILOT for a proposed five-story, 196-unit development on the site, which includes plans to extend Monroe Street past Main Street to East Cherry Street.
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) designated the city as a Brownfield Development Area (BDA) several years ago, making the agency eligible for grants and loans for such environmental investigations and remediation of properties identified for redevelopment. Eight sites within Rahway were identified, including the Lot B area.
In October, the agency awarded a $20,000 contract to Whitestone for regulatory compliance and reporting services on the properties (Resolution 43-13). That work included a preliminary assessment, including a deed search for historic ownership and land use purposes to determine if reported environmental conditions exist.