A long-vacant Irving Street building that once was planned as a restaurant recently changed hands.
The city has reached tentative agreement on a dispute over sewer connection fees for a proposed Irving Street restaurant.
A dispute over sewer connection fees apparently is holding up development of an Irving Street restaurant and bar.
City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier told commissioners Wednesday night he was told by partners in the Station Bar & Grill that they could not do the project if they had to pay the city’s total calculation. The city doesn’t want to stop the project, he added, but is willing to work within the confines of the ordinance.
The calculation for the connection fee range, set by city ordinance, is based on a property’s historic data and previous occupants. The amount the developers want to pay, according to Pelissier, is about a quarter of the calculation by the city’s construction official. The developers, he added, have shared their calculation with the city and what they think they should be charged.
The Planning Board approved a minor site plan for the 6,900-square-foot project last June.
Work on the future site of Station Bar & Grill on Irving Street appears to have made its way to the front exterior of the building last week.
Some interior work looks like it was going on for a few weeks. The project was approved by the Planning Board in June, details of which can be found in the earlier post.
For a look at what some nearby towns have in mind as far as redevelopment, here’s a piece from nj.com about Fanwood’s efforts to make its downtown more like Cranford or Westfield.
Ever been to the Station Bar and Grill in downtown Garwood? Another one’s coming to downtown Rahway.