Progress at the Route 518 - 206 Intersection, Montgomery Promenade, and a New Cell Tower
By Lori Savron | Posted March 30, 2023
Montgomery Township has made further progress on the Route 518 and 206 intersection. The owner of the abandoned Texaco gas station has agreed to demolish the building and we anticipate a permit to be submitted within the month. They join their neighbor – the vacant auto parts store – who submitted a demolition permit for review in February. In the meanwhile, the demolition work has been completed at 1026 Route 518 (behind Wawa) where the roof had collapsed [about 10 years ago].
In development news, the Montgomery Promenade project is in plan compliance phase. Once compliant with the Planning Board approval, a pre-construction meeting is held with the Engineering Department prior to commencing site work. That work includes installation of utility and road infrastructure including new roads to alleviate traffic congestion and upgrades to the Route 206 and 518 intersection.
In other news, the township will be soliciting bids for a communications tower at 100 Community Drive. As we look for ways to increase internal communications, one way is the installation of a communications tower. First and foremost, it will serve our emergency services, and then additionally the tower can support co-location for wireless carriers which helps improve coverage. Changes are happening at the oldest apartment complex in Montgomery - Princeton Hill Apartments located on Blue Spring Road. Built in 1978, the complex sold in December 2022. The new owner is working cooperatively with our Code Enforcement and Fire Prevention departments to ensure compliance with local and State codes, and building permits have been submitted to begin upgrading apartments as they become available.
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Report a Concern
I’d like to highlight the “Report a Concern” feature on the township’s website that allows citizens to easily report a variety of non-emergency concerns including zoning violations, animal control issues, pothole repair, and park & trail maintenance, to name a few. If you have a concern to report, you can do so through the township website by clicking on the “Government Tab” and click “Report a Concern.” All requests will be addressed in accordance with township policies and within the limits of available resources. Report a Concern is not an emergency reporting system. If your issue or concern involves an immediate risk to life or personal safety, Call 9-1-1 immediately.
NJ Local Government Week April 16-22: Sponsored by the NJ League of Municipalities, Montgomery officials plan to raise awareness about the importance of municipal government and its daily impact on residents during this week. Throughout the year, Montgomery offers various opportunities to connect with staff and elected officials to learn about municipal services – Coffee with a Cop and the recent Constituent Services Fair were both well attended.
This month, you also can join the Montgomery Township Open Space Committee at the Stream Clean-Up on April 15, attend the Environmental Commission’s Annual Earth Day & Recycling Event on April 23, and meet members of the Economic Development Commission at FunFest (sponsored by the Montgomery Business Association and the Rotary Club of Montgomery and Rocky Hill), on April 30. Also this month, we will host 2nd graders for a tour of the new municipal center and a chat with Mayor Devra Keenan on local government for their social studies curriculum.