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Staying Ahead of the Project

Demolition of the 1958 Post Office Building in Maplewood Village will begin in early 2016. In an effort to keep Maplewood residents and visitors to our community aware of upcoming construction activities at the former post office site at 160 Maplewood Avenue, the Township created the Maplewood Village Construction Mitigation Committee. The CMC is comprised of Township Staff, the Maplewood Village Alliance District Manager, Merchants and Residents. The CMC meets weekly.

The Committee will work with the contractor to ensure maximum vehicular and pedestrian movement throughout the construction project.

In addition, the Maplewood Village Alliance will work with the Committee and Township to share information about special events and promotional activities during this period.

The Township will also utilize email and its social media outlets: Facebook and Twitter.

Updates:

9/2/16  UPDATE

Sanitary Sewer Line Project

Work will resume on this project on Tuesday, September 6 and continue until Friday September 9.  

Maplewood Police will be at the site during completion of this phase of the project to assist with pedestrian and vehicular circulation.

Please note the following important traffic information: 

TUESDAY, 9/6

Vehicular Access

Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Baker Street between Maplewood Avenue and Dunnell Road will have limited circulation.  It is likely that there will be a single lane open for car traffic during this time.

Pedestrian Circulation

The sidewalks on both sides of Baker Street between Maplewood Avenue and Dunnell road will remain open.  The pedestrian walkway along the railroad tracks will be fully open.

Access to the Arturo’s/Village Coffee Parking Lot

The Baker Street entrance will be closed, but entry will remain open from Maplewood Avenue. Parking will remain available in the north portion of the lot, adjacent to the north side of the Village Coffee building.  There will be limited parking available in the Village Coffee lot in the spots along the tracks; about half the parking spots, in the portion of the lot closest to Baker Street, will be unavailable.   

WEDNESDAY 9/6, THURSDAY 9/7, FRIDAY 9/8

Vehicular Access

Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Baker Street between Maplewood Avenue and Dunnell Road will entirely closed to vehicular traffic.  The street will reopen after 3 p.m. and remain open until the next morning.

Pedestrian Circulation

The sidewalks on both sides of Baker Street between Maplewood Avenue and Dunnell road will remain open.  The pedestrian walkway along the railroad tracks will be fully open.

Access to the Arturo’s/Village Coffee Parking Lot

The Baker Street entrance will be closed, but entry will remain open from Maplewood Avenue. Parking will remain available in the north portion of the lot, adjacent to the north side of the Village Coffee building.  There will be limited parking available in the Village Coffee lot in the spots along the tracks; about half the parking spots, in the portion of the lot closest to Baker Street, will be unavailable.   

 



8/5/2016 Construction Update

The Township is reviewing final construction and installation plans for first phase of work on the sanitary sewer line that services existing businesses and residences along Maplewood Avenue. Absent necessary changes, the work will begin next week on Wednesday, August 10th. The work will take place in the parking lot behind Maplewood Avenue, on the block bounded by the Arturo's and Village Coffee buildings. This first phase will take about 8 days, and will end on or about August 18 or 19.

For the first two days, August 10 and 11, all parking will remain available on the north and east portions of the Village Coffee lot, but there will be no access to the parking lot from Baker Street. Pedestrians and vehicles can access the lot only from Maplewood Avenue.

During the next six days of construction, about August 12-18, there will be no parking available in that lot behind those buildings, on either side. But parking will remain available in the north portion of the lot, adjacent to the north side of the Village Coffee building. Again, during these six days, access to the lot will be restricted to the Maplewood Avenue entrance.

When this phase is completed, on or about August 18, access to the lot, and parking within it, will be fully restored until the second phase of this work.

The second phase of this project will not begin until mid-November, after the pedestrian walkway is removed and parking is restored along the new building.

7/18/2016   Installation of the footings to begin today

The site excavation is substantially completed, and installation of the footings will begin today. The footings will consist of poured concrete supports around the perimeter of the building, and within what will be the building footprint. Construction of the foundation wall will immediately follow. This work is expected to take no longer than five weeks.

Please continue to avoid walking along the construction fencing, either on the sidewalk portion or the street. For safety, use the crosswalk at Inwood Place.

Please avoid walking, jogging, running, biking, scooting, roller-blading, skateboarding, etc between Maplewood Avenue and the NJT tunnel by going through the Village Coffee parking lot, unless you're going to a car within that lot. There is a covered pedestrian walkway between Maplewood Avenue and the tunnel specifically constructed for the purpose of safe passage.

There is a construction going on. Let's exercise caution by using the safe routes!

6/17/2016
Demolition is in full swing!

Beginning Monday, June 20, the construction crew will begin removing construction debris off-site. 

The MPD has already approved the staging plan and route for trucks to enter and leave Maplewood.

Two officers will be supervising the debris removal and assisting with traffic circulation.

Please follow all posted signs and exercise caution near and around the construction site.

And please…tell your curious children that they will have a better view watching what’s going on from across the street from the construction! 


6/14/2016 NJ Transit Pedestrian Tunnel

On Wednesday, June 15, and possibly Thursday, June 16, the New Jersey Transit pedestrian tunnel at the south side of 160 Maplewood Avenue will be closed. The covered pedestrian walkway in the Village Coffee lot will also be closed.

These closures are being taken as precautionary measures, as demolition on these two days will be concentrated on the southeast side of the building.

5/17/2016 Construction Update at 160 Maplewood Avenue

On Wednesday, May 18th, demolition will begin at 160 Maplewood Avenue. The demolition phase will take about three weeks.

Pedestrian Access


A covered pedestrian path is open along the side of the building in the Village Coffee lot. The path runs between the NJT pedestrian tunnel and the crosswalk at Inwood Place. The crosswalk at the south end of Ricalton Square is also open and accessible. Please do not walk along the construction fence on Maplewood Avenue between Inwood Place and Ricalton Square or in the street. Take the extra 30 seconds and cross the street to the other side;  it will be much safer, and you’ll have a better view!

Vehicular Circulation

A circulation lane will remain open through the entrance of the Ricalton Square lot. Access in and out of the Village Coffee lot will remain the same.

Parking in Ricalton Square

Parking will be available along the train tracks, on the park side of Ricalton Square, and on the north end adjacent to Valley National Bank. Parking on both sides of the entrance to Ricalton Square will unavailable until further notice.

Parking in the Village Coffee lot

Parking spots on the north side of the lot, where the temporary pedestrian walkway is installed, is closed. All other parking in the Village Coffee lot will remain available.   

Please use caution near the construction site. There will be a lot of activity in a small area for the next several months. Let’s all be safe.
5/13/2016 Construction Update at 160 Maplewood Avenue

LATEST NEWS

Today, May 13, construction fencing was installed around the building perimeter, including along Maplewood Avenue. The fencing allows unrestricted access to the crosswalks at Inwood Place and the Ricalton Square parking lot.  

PLEASE DO NOT
use the Maplewood Avenue sidewalk along the construction fencing between Inwood Place and Ricalton Square. And PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN THE STREET (tell your kids!).
  
The Town is making every effort to ensure continued safe passage for pedestrians and vehicular circulation during this project. The project site is within the fencing. But we all need to be careful to observe fencing limits, and be aware of construction vehicles and equipment going to and from the site.   

CIRCULATION

There will be continued vehicular circulation through the Ricalton Square lot for the duration of this project via an access lane in the existing lot entrance.

PARKING

Village Coffee Lot

All parking in the Village Coffee lot will be available this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15.  

Beginning Monday, May 16, there will be no parking in the north side Village Coffee lot, adjacent to the project site.  All other parking in that lot will be available.

Ricalton Square Lot

Parking will remain open on the park side, along the railroad tracks, and along Valley National Bank for the duration of the project.   
Parking on both sides of the entrance to the Ricalton Square lot will be unavailable until further notice.  

NEXT STEPS

On Monday, May 16, an 8’ wide pedestrian path will be constructed to link Maplewood Avenue to the NJT pedestrian tunnel.  The walkway is a temporary installation in the existing parking spots on the north side of the Village Coffee lot, adjacent to the project site. The walkway will be covered with a plank roof.

The developer is working with PSE&G to ensure proper lighting along the pedestrian path.

The two handicapped parking spots in the Village Coffee lot, adjacent to the project site, will be moved adjacent to the Village Coffee building, closest to Maplewood Avenue.
5/12/2016 Pre-Demolition Work Continues: On Friday, May 13th, JMF will begin installing fencing and pedestrian safeguards around 160 Maplewood Ave.

The MPD will have signs posted from early morning, and will be present at the site during work time to assist with circulation.

During this work, parking spots around the perimeter of the building will be unavailable. Specifically, there will be no parking in the Village Coffee lot on the north side, adjacent to the building. There will also be no parking on the south side of the entrance to Ricalton Square, adjacent to the building.
5/11/2016 Pre-Demolition Work at 160 Maplewood Ave: On Wednesday, May 11, JMF will remove curbing on the Park side of the entrance to Ricalton Square. Park side spots in south Ricalton Square lot will be closed, and parking along the loading dock will also be closed. Parking spots along the building closest to Maplewood Avenue will still be available, and there will be circulation through the Ricalton lot as usual.

The MPD will have signs posted from early morning, and will be present at the site during work time to assist with circulation.
5/6/2016 Pre-Demolition Work to Begin at 160 Maplewood Avenue on Monday, May 9th: On Monday, May 9, JMF will remove trees and shrubs in the Ricalton Square lot and on the Village Coffee side of 160 Maplewood Ave. They expect the work to start between 8-8:30am and end by noon.

While this work is being done, the parking spots directly adjacent to the building will be unavailable. This includes the spots on the Ricalton Square side, from the entrance to the Ricalton lot back to the tracks, including the spots along the loading zone. In the Village Coffee lot, the spots directly adjacent to the building will be unavailable.

The MPD will have signs posted from early morning, and will be present at the site during work time to assist with circulation.

On Wednesday, May 11, JMF will remove curbing on the Park side of the entrance to Ricalton Square. Park side spots in south Ricalton Square lot will be closed, and parking along the loading dock will also be closed. Parking spots along the building closest to Maplewood Avenue will still be available, and there will be circulation through the Ricalton lot as usual.
3/30/2016 The demolition permit has been issued for 160 Maplewood Avenue. The Construction Official is reviewing the application for the footings and foundation permit.
3/23/2016   Post Office collection boxes: The U.S. Postal Service will be relocating the mail collection boxes now in front of the former post office. One of the boxes will be placed in front of the new post office. Other boxes will be placed near the train station entrance in the Ricalton parking lot. Mail collection times will be listed on each box.
3/21/2016   Temporary Parking Changes: Commercial Truck Parking and loading/unloading is not permitted in Ricalton Square effective Monday, March 21, 2016 until cancelled.

The Township temporarily created a designated Loading Zone. This Loading Zone is in front of 159 Maplewood Avenue (King's). The Loading Zone is to be utilized by delivery trucks only during the designated hours of 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

During this time frame only commercial vehicles actively loading/unloading are permitted in this area. After 10:00 AM non-commercial vehicles may park in front of 159 Maplewood Avenue.

Commercial vehicles may also use business driveways to load/unload throughout the day.

Parking Enforcement:

In an effort to minimize the impact on traffic, businesses and deliveries the Maplewood Police Department and it's parking enforcement officers will be strictly enforcing all parking signs and no parking zones. Loading/unloading is not permitted in Ricalton Square.

Deliveries and Commercial Vehicles:

While large delivery trucks will not be permitted to park or load/unload in Ricalton Square, the loading and unloading of vans and small vehicles that park completely in a single parking space, will be permitted in the Ricalton Square parking lot.

Please be mindful of potential sign changes in this area and adjust delivery times accordingly.

Train Pick-up:

A temporary train station pick-up location on the North side of Durand Rd (across from Burgdorff Center) may be established to assist in commuter pick-ups and minimize traffic congestion.

Please plan for possible delays and temporary detours during the project.
3/17/2016   Demolition of the building at 160 Maplewood Avenue (the former post office), will not begin until early April. Although permitting process is taking a bit longer than anticipated, it is forward.
3/15/2016   This morning PSE&G will be working on Maplewood Avenue between Inwood Place and the south end of Ricalton Square. They will be disconnecting gas service at 160 Maplewood Avenue.
Vehicular traffic traveling north on Maplewood Avenue should turn left on Inwood Place as a detour.

Vehicular traffic traveling south on Maplewood Avenue may enter the Ricalton Square parking lot. 

All parking spaces within this lot are available.

The parking spots between Inwood Place and the south end of Ricalton Square will be unavailable for the duration of the work.

PSE&G expects to have this work completed by noon today, Tuesday March 15th.

PSE&G did not provide the Township with advance notice of this work.
2/25/2016 The Maplewood Fire Department will be conducting training exercises in the interior of the former post office building on Maplewood Avenue on February 25, 2016.  The training exercises will continue daily, including weekends, until site preparation for the building demolition begins.  Training times will vary.  The Fire Department will park their engines in the loading dock area. 
2/11/2016 On or about Tuesday, February 16th, a large dead tree in Ricalton Square Park is scheduled to be removed. The location and size of the tree will necessitate bringing in a crane to assist in the work. Please be advised that during the morning commute, parking spaces on the south side of Ricalton Square, directly opposite the former post office building, will be unavailable while this work is being done. The Township is working to secure the contractor who will confirm the exact date and time. Please check back for updates.
2/1/2016 Old Post Office Redevelopment begins in earnest with asbestos abatement. See ABS Environmental Services L.L.C. report.

CMC Members and Contact Information

 Title Name Contact Information
Mayor Vic DeLuca 973-762-8120 ext.2110
Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams 973-704-4584
Business Administrator Joseph Manning 973-762-8120 ext.2000
Construction Official Robert Mittermaier 973-762-8120 ext.3600
Police Department Chief Robert Cimino 973-762-3400
 
Capt. Dawn Williams 973-762-3400
  Capt. Josh Cummis 973-762-3400
  Sgt. Chris Black 973-762-3400
Fire Department Chief Michael Dingelstedt 973-762-6500 ext.11
  Robert Conklin, Fire Inspector 973-762-6500 ext.14
Engineering Department    

Rosanne Hochuli, CMC Secretary 973-762-8120 ext.3200
Public Works Director Calvin Bell 973-762-1175
Village Alliance Manager Julie Doran 973-762-4556
Business Owners    
  Fred Shandler, Arturo's 973-378-5800

Mary Vayas, Trattoria 973-715-1697
  Michele Bessey  973-821-4852 
Resident Joe DePlasco  
Director of Community 
Development
Chair - Annette DePalma, Esq. 973-762-8120 ext.3400 

Developer's Community Contact

Maplewood Redevelopers, L.L.C., is the developer for this site. Its principal, Joe Forgione, is available to answer any questions related to the project. He may be reached by phone at 973-451-0111.

Current Project Activities

An initial demolition and construction plan was presented to the CMC on January 25th and is being revised based on comments made by the CMC. IT will be made public when it is finalized. The demolition plan is a required part of the Building Department's application for a demolition permit. All submitted plans must comply with the Building Codes, federal occupational and safety laws (OSHA) and state regulations.

In preparation for demolition, asbestos remediation was completed on January 31st. The next step is to disconnect all utilities.

Construction Sequence

The developer has provided the Township with the following rough outline of construction:

Prior to demolition and after the Township issues a demolition permit, safety fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the construction site. A pedestrian pathway will be constructed to connect Maplewood Avenue with the south tunnel under the train tracks. The south tunnel will remain open during demolition and construction, except when necessary on a short term basis for public safety needs. The developer must apply and receive approval from the Township before obstructing or closing any public right of way.

After demolition the building's footings and foundation will be installed. After underground utilities are installed, the building construction will begin. Curbing, sidewalks and landscaping will follow construction. The last part of the project will be the final paving and parking lot striping.

Parking

During demolition and construction, some parking spots in the Village Coffee and Ricalton parking lots will not be available. The exact number of spaces lost and the duration of the loss will not be determined until the final demolition and construction plans are approved. Parking will also be limited in front of Kings between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM to allow for deliveries (see below).

The Township asked the Maplewood Country Club for use of its parking lot. It is unavailable because of the renovation to its pool house. Similarly, the Township asked Morrow Church about parking availability, but its lot is fully utilized throughout the day by users of its church programs and activities.

The Township has authorized a loading zone for King's deliveries in front of the store from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Monday through Fridays.

Pedestrian Tunnel

The NJ Transit South Pedestrian Tunnel will remain open and there will be a covered walkway between Dunnell Road and Maplewood Avenue in close proximity to the existing walkway. If this tunnel needs to be briefly closed for public safety reasons, the developer must request advance permission from the Township before doing so.

Traffic Circulation

Periodically, there may be changes to traffic circulation, and traffic will be re-directed. The developer will hire off-duty police to direct traffic and enforce traffic laws during the demolition and construction.

Signage

The Township will place signage related to parking and circulation. A sign will be installed on the Dunnell side of the pedestrian tunnel letting people know the tunnel is open and they can access the Village.

Retail Enticement

The Township is working with the JGSC Group, its retail consultant, on strategies to entice shopper interest during demolition and construction.



Contact
Traffic & Safety Concerns Maplewood PD

973-762-1234

Emergencies 
Police/Fire dial 9-1-1

Construction Information & Issues 
Joseph Manning
Township Administrator
973-762-8120 ext.2000
Email Joseph Manning

Business-Related Questions and Comments
Julie Doran, MVA Manager  
973-762-4556
Email Julie Doran



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Maplewood Township, NJ 07040
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