Great news about the Lackawanna Plaza development. A big thanks to all the residents who took time to communicate with representatives, organize and speak out at planning meetings. Thank you to the planning board members for seeking essential reviews and to not rush the process. Thank you to the Historical Preservation Commission for providing details for this significant of historical station and surrounding elements.
Thank you to officials that listened to the consistent message to “ stop excessive bulk and over development” and " maintain the town's character". Thank you to the developer who responded and we hope future proposals consider these messages. The democratic process succeeded with all of us participating.
The Lackawanna Plaza developers, Hampshire and Pinnacle Companies have decided to pursue a new plan which is within the zoning restrictions and includes 154 apartments on east side of Grove Street. Initially they proposed 380 units to be divided on both sides of Grove Street, taking advantage of Lackawanna Plaza designation as a Redevelopment Area which allowed development outside of zoning restrictions. In addition, the developer’s new plan will preserve the station and historical elements. This next phase of reviews determines how the property will ultimately look.
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Details of Redevelopment Area Proposals
Council Email addresses, Meeting Agendas and Minutes
HPC Meeting Agendas
Planning Board Agendas