When Tim Nash leaves Luciano’s and looks across the street, he’s reminded how terrible the vacant lot looks. There’s a fence but not much activity at the corner of Main and Monroe streets of late. Most of the action has been going on out of sight, at Zoning Board meetings and through the state permitting process, but construction on the 115-unit Meridia Lafayette Village is expected to start later this year.
During closing comments at last week’s Redevelopment Agency meeting, Nash, a Redevelopment Agency commissioner, suggested the agency require developers to produce some type of signage on site for development projects, such as “Coming Soon,” that could include renderings.
Nash thanked Rahway Rising for bringing it to mind again. Last week we posted about some examples in other towns and initially proposed more prominent visuals when it comes to development projects in our State of the City suggestions in January.
There’s no reason why the agency can’t include such requirements in redevelopment agreements, said attorney Frank Regan. Unfortunately, most of the redevelopment agreements already are done, he added, but the agency can request it for new agreements going forward.
UPDATED, July 16: Well, it’s not as high-tech, advanced or even as big as I’d envisioned but it’s a start. A sign has been posted on the fencing surrounding the corner of Main and Monroe streets where the 115-unit rental complex Meridia Lafayette Village is planned. The rendering is solid but ideally, I’d prefer to have some more details rather than just an image of what it’s supposed to look like. Of course, it’s not such a good idea to include a “Coming Soon”, especially on this project, which ran into issues with state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permitting.