BOROUGH OF RARITAN – An old school more than a century old on Second Street behind the municipal building could be converted into apartments.

Raritan Edgewood LLC, of ​​South Plainfield, is expected to appear before the Borough Land Use Board later this month with a plan to convert the now vacant former Raritan Middle School into 16 apartments of a bedroom.

The next meeting of the land use planning council is scheduled for October 28.

The Second Street building was constructed as a school in 1915. The school closed in 1964.

The Raritan Land Use Council will consider a proposal to convert the vacant 100-year-old Raritan Middle School into apartments.

The building was then converted into offices in a development known as First Growth Plaza.

But the development ran into financial difficulties and was sold in a Somerset County Sheriff’s sale for $ 1,000 to Raritan Edgewood in 2019.

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The apartment proposal, which includes affordable units, requires a use exemption because the property is in the P2 office building district where the housing is not a permitted use.

The borough is moving forward with plans to build a new emergency services complex for police and firefighters at the site of the former Washington School on First Avenue.

“It’s going to go quickly now,” Borough engineer Stan Schrek told the borough council of the project on September 28.

The project is expected to go to tender in the spring of 2022 and construction could begin in the summer of 2022, he said. No date has been set for its completion.

With the police department moving to a new headquarters, this should free up more space and parking in the municipal building.

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