By Mary Mann Email the author March 3, 2012
Town is looking to hire a business recruitment consultant to help fill vacancies in Maplewood.
PSE&G will be vacating its four-acre site at Boyden Avenue and Springfield Avenue in Maplewood, Mayor Vic DeLuca announced last week. PSE&G will be relocating about 100 employees in the testing lab to another property in South Plainfield.
Mayor Vic DeLuca made the announcement at a budget meeting on Saturday, Feb. 25. The mayor also made the related announcement that the town was looking to hire a business recruitment consultant this year to help with major opportunities such as the PSE&G site and persistent vacancies such as the car dealership sites on Springfield Avenue and vacancies on Valley Street near the South Orange border. As much as $50,000 from the 2012 budget would be allocated for business recruitment consultant fees.
"We willl have the recruitment consultant working with the SIDs [meaning the MaplewoodVillage Alliance and the Springfield Avenue Partnership] and the Chamber," said DeLuca. DeLuca also said that Annette DePalma, the town prosecutor, was taking on the role of community relations and would be the point person for business recruitment.
According to a story in the News-Record, the PSE&G site is the third largest ratable in town, paying $328,465 in taxes in 2011 (only Winchester Gardens and the Maplewood Country Club pay more). DeLuca said that he does not want the disposal of the property -- which PSE&G is selling -- left solely to PSE&G and its real estate department, but is seeking a coordinated approach that will ensure a buyer and tenant that is in line with the town's vision for Springfield Avenue.