Developer aiming to acquire Savoy site

The developer of a recently-completed rental project on East Grand Avenue is apparently trying to acquire several stalled properties in Rahway.

George Capodagli, principal of Capodagli Property Company in Pompton Plains, told commissioners that he’s negotiating with Wells Fargo in an attempt to buy out properties owned by Dornoch Holdings, the developer behind The Savoy and owner of several downtown parcels. Capodagli said he already has a design in mind for The Savoy property, aiming for “a blend of traditional and modern,” and believes a viable restaurant could be developed at one of the other Dornoch-owned properties.

Capodagli was at tonight’s Redevelopment Agency meeting to present commissioners with a preliminary concept plan for a 116-unit rental complex behind Rahway Public Library (details on that project to come). The developer’s 88-unit Meridia Grand project began leasing last summer and is at more than 85 percent capacity, he said.

In an appearance before the Redevelopment Agency in January, Dornoch managing partner Glen Fishman described The Savoy as “dead in the water.” Originally designed as a four-story 36-unit complex, The Savoy site at Monroe and Main streets has been essentially dormant since steel beams were erected in summer 2008. The Hillside-based developer owns several other downtown properties, including the burned out building on East Cherry Street.