Revised East Cherry Street concept presented

A revised concept plan for several East Cherry Street properties now features 44 units in a new five-story building. The new plan also now includes parking spaces on the ground floor along with a smaller retail space.

DMR Construction of Waldwick presented the revised concept to the Redevelopment Agency at its Sept. 2 meeting (which I wasn’t able to attend personally).

East Cherry Street conceptual site planThe project encompasses Block 318, Lots 18 through 21, (38-52 E. Cherry St.) which run from the current driveway to Parking Lot B (eventually planned to be the extension of Monroe Street), north up East Cherry Street to the corner property on Irving Street.

East Cherry Street floor plansIn this version of the plan, seen in the accompanying images, there are 40 units — 16 one-bedrooms, 16 two-bedrooms and 8 studios — across floors two through five, which features a roof deck. Redevelopment Director Leonard Bier said the most recent version will feature 44 units.

The 19 parking spaces would be located behind 1,175 square feet of retail on the corner (which eventually be the corner of Monroe and East Cherry streets), in addition to a lobby, community room and mail room for the building. Previously, the concept envisioned about 2,800 square feet in three retail spaces.

Rendering of corner of East Cherry Street and Monroe Street.
Rendering of corner of East Cherry Street and Monroe Street.

Initially, DMR presented a concept plan to the Redevelopment Agency in April that featured 33 units in a five-story building. The agency designated DMR as conditional redeveloper at that time.

City Council will introduce an ordinance at its meeting tonight that will convey The Beverage Shop property to the Parking Authority. Five years ago, the city acquired the Beverage Shop for $80,000 and then spent about $165,000 to transform it into the current Police Assistance Center.