Pepe property to be developed

ORANGE - A cherished piece of property once hoped by many to be utilized for town recycling and mulch is once again targeted for development.

Known as the Pepe property, the Ravenswood Construction Company/BJ Realty has filed an application with the inland wetlands and watercourse commission to develop the 28 acres into a 92-unit affordable adult development.

In June of 2002, the developers originally approached the commission with "concept plans". At that time a 64-unit, 15-building condominium complex was discussed. Previous alternatives were turned down including a land swap with the town transfer station

The new plans include eight buildings for the 92 units each with a garage. Two driveways will provide access. One from South Orange Center Road and the other from Mallard Drive. Two watercourse crossings are proposed over the Indian River watershed.

Sewage generated will flow by gravity to an on-site common pump station and then to a sanitary force main on South Orange Center Road.

The property has already been purchased, John Gilmore, P. E. vice-president of Milone and MacBroom told the commission in 2002. The property borders Indian River pond. In addition, the developer had an option to purchase an additional 6.7 acres of adjacent land owned by the Polayus family. Half of that property is wetlands, according to Gilmore.

A public hearing has been scheduled on the application for March 9 at 8 p.m. in the lower level meeting room at Town Ha