The JMT PILOT:The Council SHOULD make a component of a larger Deal
#1 If there is such a high demand for apartments on the a South Ave Corridor why does the city need to offer a PILOT to incentivize investment in the first place?
#2 There is already tremendous pent-up demand for more upscale goods and services from the EXISTING 50K+ of Plainfields residents. Why don't the council advocates of this PILOT use this tool for things their constituents are already begging for.
#3 Finally, The council shouldn't place this PILOT on the agenda until it is a part of a much more comprehensive development plan that includes commercial development, entertainment venues and other attractions which every resident of this city would benefit from. Now that's the kind of project that deserves PILOT approval.
While Mr. Rucker was otherwise involved somewhere, Landmark Developers finally moved forward on plans for both sides of Gavett Place by the main train station. One is Art Lofts, which Council President Bridget Rivers praised in a groundbreaking last year. As one can see by clicking on the link, the project envisions market-rate residential units along with entertainment and restaurant compnents on both sides of Gavett Place. There is also the notion of making an adjacent portion of North Avenue a pedestrian plaza, as reflected on the new transit-oriented development maps on the city web site.
A lot has happened since we last heard from Mr. Rucker. The maps are a good tool for catch-up, as is the blog, if I may say so. (BTW, it's JMF, not JMT.)