Substation eyed for potential redevelopment

A substation on Monroe Street and Clarkson Place, just across the river from downtown, has the interest of a potential developer.

Substation at Monroe and ClarksonIn his report to the Redevelopment Agency at its March 5 meeting, Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier said he and Interim Mayor Samson Steinman met with Mark Fauci of Iselin-based American Properties about potential redevelopment sites in the city and one area that piqued interest was substation on Monroe Street and Clarkson Place. Years ago, the substation had been discussed in passing as another area for potential redevelopment, with the idea of entertaining Requests For Proposals (RFPs) for the area.

Pelissier told commissioners they’re in the process of contacting the property owner. PSE&G owns the substation, which is assessed for $255,200, paying more than $15,000 in property taxes, according to property records.

American Properties had interest in the former Wheatena property before a proposal from Capodagli Property Company took the lead on the Elizabeth Avenue site.

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