A six-story apartment building near Highland Avenue train station was approved unanimously by the Orange Planning Board last month. The building, which will replace an auto repair shop, is located in the Central Valley Redevelopment Zone.
“Based on the redevelopment plan, I’m expecting more buildings of this similar size and scope to start popping up on the west side of the rail line,” said Antonio Aiello, principal architect at Devino, Aiello and Associates.
The project includes two separate parking garages – one accessed on Scotland Road, the other on Beach Street – offering a total of 58 spaces, nine of which are reserved for electric vehicles. Although the number of parking spaces complies with zoning laws, Council President Tency Eason voiced concern that some residents would have to rely on street parking. “You know I’m always concerned about parking,” Eason said. “I thought we were trying to – if we were going to do development – offer extra spaces to offer some to the community.”
The proposed development is located five blocks from the Highland Avenue station, which is undergoing a restoration to reopen the waiting hall, which has been closed since 1968, a NJ Transit spokesperson said.
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