“With a zoning change now in place, the Fellowship Village retirement center, in Bernard’s Township, is one step closer to pursuing a project that would expand its services and provide a new community theater,” according to the Bernardsville News.
“The project has two main components – a 57,000-square-foot addition with a variety of health care services for seniors both in and outside Fellowship Village; and a 240-seat auditorium and theater that would serve not only the complex but two local theater groups, Trilogy Repertory Company and Light Opera of New Jersey.
A zoning amendment to permit the changes received approval from the Township Committee on Oct. 29. Last week, plans were filed with the township’s Planning Board.
The plans will undergo a completeness review at the board’s second meeting in December, according to Board Secretary Frances Florio. Assuming the plans are deemed complete, a public hearing would then be scheduled.
“It all goes down to our mission,” said Brian Lawrence, president and chief executive officer of Fellowship Senior Living, a not-for profit group that runs the Allen Road complex. “We’re here to serve seniors – serving them better, on and off campus.”
Lawrence said if the plans receive approval from the board, and the health center component receives approval from the state Department of Health, construction would likely start next spring.”