Developers of the former Maplewood Village post office site have withdrawn their request to build a nine-dumpster storage unit in the parking lot near the tunnel to the train station, Mayor Vic Deluca announced Tuesday.
At the end of the regular Township Committee meeting, Deluca said developers JMF Properties -- who are building a three-story, 20-apartment, multi-retail building on the site -- had decided not to seek approval of the dumpster structure that would have included three dumpsters for existing shops such as Village Coffee and Mt Fuji. Sushi.
Instead, Deluca said they will seek approval to house several outdoor dumpsters behind the new building, a request set to go before the Planning Board next week.
"It will be on their property, this will be considered by the Planning Bosrd," the mayor said. "The downside is this will only be for their dumpster. But that dumpster issue is now off the table."
The board had spent the past two meetings reviewing the request from JMF Properties, whose building will include a 120-seat restaurant
to be run by Maplewood residents Tom and Jennifer Carlin who operate a similar eatery in Gladstone.
had requested that the dumpster space be added for the restaurant to the site plan, which
currently does not allow it. Initially, it was thought to be an enclosed
structure to house one dumpster.
at a Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA) meeting in November it was
revealed the structure would house nine dumpsters, with two or three of
them for existing businesses Village Coffee and Mt. Fuji whose dumpsters
are currently behind their buildings and not enclosed.
The dumpsters would have been housed in a structure that
would take up at least two existing parking spaces in the Village Coffee
lot near the pedestrian tunnel to Memorial Park.
But now a new request to approve a smaller structure behind the post office site will be considered. The Planning Board meeting is set for Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., in Town Hall.