The oldest one listed on a master chart in the Planning Division is a 2008 proposal known as "Front Street Offices Urban Renewal LLC" at 216-232
Cretella's fondness for fanciful names comes out in the next two 2009 proposals, both on Park Avenue near the PNC Bank. "Next Step to Collins Avenue" at 226-232 Park Avenue has eight finished apartments over ground floor space still awaiting development of a French bistro. It is now called the "Courier News Building." Next door at 212-216 Park Avenue, "Certified Green Property One" has four apartments over commercial space occupied by real estate and medical care offices.
Also proposed in 2009, "Art Lofts I LLC" at 148-158 East Second Street and "Gavett Place Properties" at 130-140 East Second Street received approvals in 2011. The former two-story Romonds building (Art Lofts) is slated for construction of three more stories, with retail space on the first floor and 20 apartments above. The old Mirons warehouse (Gavett Place) is expected to yield 12 apartments. Some work has been done at the Mirons building, but no work is visible at the Romonds building.
"The Bank on Park LLC" is the PNC Bank building. Retail and hospitality uses are proposed. An application for a fifth story lounge addition was recently withdrawn. The bank still occupies the building.
By far the largest proposal, "West Second Street Commons Urban Renewal LLC" at 101-209 West Second Street calls for a new five-story building with 148 apartments and 12,300 square feet of retail space. The developer will be required to relocate the historic pre-Civil War Titsworth-Sutphen building. No action has been taken to date on the relocation or construction.
A building eponymously designated "109 East Fourth Street LLC" is next to the main train station but not in any designated redevelopment area. It is under renovation for eight apartments.
Three buildings on North Avenue, each also named for its address, are up for renovation with retail space at ground level and apartments above. They are 134-136 North Avenue LLC, 138-144 North Avenue LLC and 177-185 North Avenue LLC. In 2006, Cretella was designated as developer for a plan to acquire and renovate historic buildings in the North Avenue Commercial Historic District. The designation ran out before any buildings were acquired. The plan also called for taller new buildings behind the historic ones, yielding 915 residential units, 130,000 square feet of retail space and an entertainment center. See Plaintalker's post here. The Landmark Developers web site still describes a five-block project with renovation of 35 historic buildings as well as construction of up to 500 residential units and 136,000 square feet of retail space.
Cretella is often spoken of as the city's best hope for redevelopment, as other projects - Marino's, East Third/Richmond, Heartstone, Arlington Heights - have faded away. But recently his attention appears more focused on hospitality venues such as the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station and Hotel du Village in New Hope. Is it time for an accounting of where things stand with the Plainfield projects?