Retail/residential project at St. Georges and Plainfield avenues

A two-story retail residential project next to the Quick Chek on St. Georges Avenue is expected to be completed by late spring. Work began early last month.

The project, at the corner of Plainfield Avenue, received Planning Board approval two years ago, but the process to secure state permits and approvals took a year, according to Ralphi Mocci, president and owner of Woodbridge-based Mocci Industries. Acquired for $325,000 in 2003, according to, the 0.3553-acre parcel at 446 St. Georges Ave. (Block 16, Lot 1) had been a vacant lot.

The ground floor will include 4,000 square feet of commercial space, which could house anywhere from one to three tenants, Mocci said. The second floor will have four luxury apartments (two, two-bedroom units and two, one-bedroom units), with off-street parking.

Mocci also was involved in the converting the former Huffman-Koos furniture store into the age-restricted, 150-unit Park Terrace Apartments on St. Georges Avenue near Rahway River Park.