Developer Withdraws Apartment Project

By on December 14, 2021

The latest rendering of the apartment building proposed for 21-25 Grove Avenue. The rendering does not include Verona Animal Hospital, which abuts the site, but you can see the back of the building that houses The Mane Place II and Bagelwich on Bloomfield Avenue.

Verona township officials were notified today that the developer of a proposed apartment complex on Grove Avenue has withdrawn its application for the project.

The project for 21-25 Grove Avenue would have replaced two frame buildings that have been used as small business offices with a 35-unit apartment building. The site is just to the north of Verona Animal Hospital.

The initial project, which was filed in October 2019, had called for a four-story, 54-unit building. But hearings on the project were suspended after the pandemic broke and, when they restarted, the project had been scaled back. The developer, 21-25 Grove Associates, was not party to any of Verona’s affordable housing settlements. 

It is not known why the project was withdrawn. It would have required a large number of variances to be approved, including a major “D” variance because the property was zoned for commercial use, not residential. It also needed 11 “C” variances to address the amount of the lot that was going to be covered by the building, its height and its proximity to residential structures, among others.  The Verona Environmental Commission had raised numerous concerns about the proposal over its potential environmental impact.

The existing structures at 21-25 Grove Avenue. The building to the left was originally a funeral home located on Bloomfield Avenue. It housed the Verona Recreation Department for many years and is now small business office space.

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