Site plan depicting the location of the new Cresson Hill apartments, approved for development in Northfield Thursday, March 3, 2016. The 266-unit complex will be located betwee Tilton Road and Cresson Avenue.

NORTHFIELD — A sprawling multi-unit apartment complex is coming to Tilton Road, helping the city to meet a part of its affordable-housing obligations.

Developer Max Gurwicz and Sons, which owns the Tilton Shopping Center and various plots of undeveloped land behind it, received minor subdivision and major site-plan approval from the Planning Board on Thursday.

Gurwicz plans a 266-unit apartment complex called Cresson Hill, located between Cresson Avenue and Tilton Road and close to the London Court condominiums and Cambridge Townhouses.

The project will be built in four phases and consist of 14 three-story, 45-foot-high buildings, as well as a pool and 3,000-square-foot community center, according to the application. There will be 40 affordable-housing units and 225 market rate units included in the development, as well as 575 parking spaces. There will be one unit for a live-in maintenance person.

Access into the development will be both from Tilton and Cresson.

As part of the application, Gurwicz received minor subdivision approval to combine seven smaller lots into three larger ones. The first is the 19.5-acre plot at the Tilton Shopping Center, which currently contains the Tilton 9 IMAX theater and Ashley Furniture among its many tenants. The second is an undeveloped 2.65-acre plot between Edmunds and Associates and Beacon Cycling on Tilton Road. The third is the 8-acre lot for the apartment complex.

Plans for the apartment complex have been in the works for several years. Council in 2014 passed an ordinance amending is zoning laws to place the development area into the commercial multi-family zone. At the same time, it entered into a developer’s agreement with Gurwicz for the property for the city to meet some of its Council on Affordable Housing obligation.

Gurwicz currently operates Ocean Terrace condominiums and Riviera Apartments in Atlantic City and Woodcrest Apartments in Egg Harbor Township.

The engineer and planner on the application was Marathon Engineering and Environmental Services Inc. of Atlantic City, and the architect was L and M Design LLC of Villanova, Pennsylvania. Attorney Jack Plackter represented the applicant.

Planning board member Jim Leeds was the lone ‘no’ vote on the project.

Developer Mitchell Gurwicz was not available for comment Friday.

Contact: 609-272-7251

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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