Mixed-Use Development Could Replace Union’s Magic Fountain Building

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1801 Stuyvesant Avenue Union Nj
Site of proposed development: 1801 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, N.J. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

A row of businesses in Union Township could be torn down in order to make way for a new residential and retail complex.


DF Gabriele Trust, the Springfield-based company that owns the building at 1081 Stuyvesant Avenue at the corner of Vauxhall Road, has applied to tear down the structure in order to construct a four-story development.

Located at the northern end of Union Center near Stop & Shop, the existing building includes Magic Fountain Union Creamery, Union Family Barber Shop, and Nail Flower.

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The proposed development on the premises would include 27 apartments, three retail spaces, storage rooms, a gym, and 17 exterior parking spaces, according to a September 17 memo from Colliers Engineering & Design. Nine of the residential units could contain two bedrooms each while the remaining 18 units would each include one bedroom.

Documents submitted to the Township of Union regarding the project did not specify whether the existing businesses on the property would be the retail occupants of the new building.

DF Gabriele Trust is looking to be granted preliminary and final major site plan approval with multiple variances from the Union Township Planning Board. A virtual hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m., according to a public notice.

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Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Union Township Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.

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