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Changes Coming to South Avenue in 2013

New businesses and cell towers to appear in Fanwood in 2013.


Fanwood will be seeing several changes on South Avenue in 2013, including new businesses and cell towers, according the Zoning Officer Ray Sullivan's report during the Feb. 5 Fanwood Council Meeting. 

As Patch previously reported, Mara’s Café will be the first business to occupy the currently vacant first level of Fanwood Crossing at the corner of Martine and South Avenue. The over 3,000 square foot café and bakery will offer breakfast, desserts, pastries, bread, quiches and more. The Café is hoping it can serve as a place for families and a place where people can sit down and talk with no television, owner Marci Semel said.

Also coming to South Avenue is a wood burning pizzeria in the former location of the Cavtro Electric building.

Additionally on South Avenue 74 South Avenue, the location of Creative Habitats is the subject of a subdivision on an unusual shaped lot, Sullivan said.

The Borough will also see two new cell towers, both temporary, at 50 South Avenue and One South Avenue.

During Sandy, the A&P on South Avenue suffered damage to its signage and the Borough will be working with the store to get a new sign, which will fit in the slot of the old one.

Councilman Anthony Parenti added toward the end of the meeting that the Borough is looking to install a digital sign outside of the municipal building and if they are able to do it at the cost put forth by the current bidding company, they are also looking to install a “Welcome to Fanwood” sign on South Avenue when leaving Plainfield.

Sullivan stated that the South Avenue corridor would be heavily focused on in 2013.

In addition to the changes coming to South Ave., Sullivan provided the council with his annual report of the Zoning Office's figures for 2012:

  • 28% increase of operational tasks
  • 21% increate of field visits
  • 37% increase in office visitation
  • 144 residential complaints (average)
  • 484 zoning reviews (417 residential, 66 commercial)

Overall,  Sullivan stated the Zoning department created $4,500 in revenue from permits for the year.

Fanwoody February 06, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Too bad Sandy spared the rest of the A&P. That place needs a makeover, stat.
Eighthundred February 07, 2013 at 12:51 AM
The last thing Fanwood needs is another fattening bakery. Ugh.
FW Resident February 07, 2013 at 03:21 PM
What about tearing the A&P down! That place is disgusting. Always dirty and things are usually expired.
rezip February 07, 2013 at 07:07 PM
so true, if Fanwood wants to change its image someone needs to level that A and P. Its so dirty and gross, how can it keep passing health inspections. First order of business, get rid of it.
geoeag February 07, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Yea lets get rid of the A&P since its local and convienient. Sure put more locals out of work. DONT SHOP THERE if you dont like it. Next closest store? The Shoprite in Blue star and thats so much better. Knock it down so we can build a strip mall to add another nail salon or pizza place or maybe more empty condos?
kettle black February 07, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Agreed. A lot of local seniors shop there because it's close and the prices are good. Contrary to other comments here, the food's fine.
KarenP February 07, 2013 at 11:15 PM
While the A&P is close, it is disgusting. It could use a makeover! Hopefully that is on this South Ave. plan. I hope they don't open another dry cleaner or nail salon. I think Fanwood has more salons and dry cleaner per capita then any other town.
Lynn Kudolla June 19, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Am very interested to know what that strange blue building is on South Ave where the Chippery used to be.
Megan Ann July 03, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Lynn the chippery is going to reopen


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