There will be meetings on two key housing developments in Verona this week.
UPDATE: the Cameco meeting for Wednesday has been postponed. On Wednesday, March 11, the redeveloper of the Cameco property, PIRHL, LLC, will present its concept plan for the affordable housing project to the public. This is the former food factory property that Verona’s municipal government bought in December 2018 and the plan is to redevelop it into 100% affordable housing to help satisfy the affordable housing requirements that courts have place on Verona and all New Jersey towns. “Affordable” housing means a dwelling that could be purchased or rented by someone with a moderate income, roughly $47,000 to $75,000 a year in our area. It is not the same as Section 8 housing, which is government-subsidized housing for very low-income people.
The Cameco-PIRHL meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Town Council chambers in Town Hall at 600 Bloomfield Avenue.
The other meeting is a Board of Adjustment hearing on Thursday at 8 p.m. The developers of this project, who are not parties in any of Verona’s existing affordable housing settlements, are looking to demolish two houses that are more than 100 years old and build a four-story building with 40 apartments and 52 parking spaces. The site is on the east side of Grove Avenue just past Verona Animal Hospital. But the developers, who first brought their project to zoning authorities last year, need 14 variances to carry it out, several of which are major variances.
The Board of Adjustment meets in the ballroom of the Verona Community Center. This meeting and the PIRHL presentation are both free and open to the public.