Now that the Clark Planning Board approved rezoning the 28-acre former U.S. Gypsum paper plant to encourage development of a new town center, we are asking our readers:
What would you like to see there?
What stores do you shop in that you'd love to have here in town?
What restaurants do you think Clark could use?
What do you hope the property looks like?
The mayor has suggested that the new town center will be home to a range of mid-size stores not currently available in Clark. When asked to name some in this genre at the planning board meeting, the mayor mentioned a Men's Wearhouse or Home Goods. The plan is for one larger, supermarket-sized store and the rest to be under 50,000 square feet in a one-story complex. The zone spans from the Gypsum property to include all of the lots on the ShopRite side of Central Avenue.
The aesthetic vision for the new "Limited Commercial Industrial" district describes an environmentally friendly commercial center with retail and office space in "a park like setting with tree-lined streets" and with "a central architectural focus such as a fountain, plaza, clock tower or landscaped boulevard." (See a PDF of the full report in our gallery, right.)
The construction of a new town center is not likely to begin until sometime well in the future, dependent on a developer purchasing the property and having a plan approved by the planning board. That developer will ultimately decide which businesses will be renting there.
What businesses would be a good addition to Clark? Tell us in the comments.
Our story for the Planning Board meeting that approved rezoning the Gypsum property:
At Tuesday night's special meeting, Clark Planning Board members unanimously approved a master plan revision that will rezone the 28-acre former U.S. Gypsum paper plant to encourage development of a new town center.
The plan, prepared by Planner Kevin O'Brien of Shamrock Enterprises and Town Engineer Richard O'Connor, suggests a new "Limited Commercial Industrial" district for the Gypsum property (which is currently zoned for industrial use) and the ShopRite side of Central Avenue from Raritan Road to the Parkway circle. The vision presented in the plan is for a new town center – an environmentally friendly commercial center with retail and office space in "a park like setting with tree-lined streets" and with "a central architectural focus such as a fountain, plaza, clock tower or landscaped boulevard." See a PDF of the full report in our gallery, right.
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