Year in Review: Hopewell Borough deals with construction projects and cannabis


The start of 2022 begins January 1st, and with the New Year beginning this week, a lot has happened in Hopewell Borough over the course of 2021.

Here’s an annual look back at the stories covered in the Hopewell Valley News in Hopewell Borough in 2021.

Hopewell Borough is suspending recreational cannabis stores

The Hopewell Borough Council passed an opt-out banning all classes of cannabis business in the district from operating until the state-mandated August 21 deadline.

There are no restrictions on the municipality to choose by opting out within the deadline.

There are six types of licenses that the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will issue. They are breeders (growers), manufacturers (processors), wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and delivery services.

Hopewell Borough can choose which of the six licenses are allowed, but cannot refuse delivery services to come through the borough to reach residents.

If the municipality had not issued an ordinance within the state period, farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors would automatically be granted usage permits in the municipality’s industrial estates.

Also, the retail sale of cannabis would have been a conditional use in the commercial or retail zones.

East Broad Street Project Receives Planning Committee Approval

The Hopewell Borough Planning Board approved the proposed 71 E. Broad St. commercial and residential project that will convert the existing building space for the two-story building into residential, retail and commercial space.

The existing building used to be the building of the former Castoro & Company Inc.

Four residential units on the second floor of the two-story building and on the first floor are used exclusively for commercial purposes. On the ground floor there are two retail and commercial spaces, one commercial space and one garage space.

The approval of the commercial retail and housing project is the first phase of an anticipated two-step approach to the development of land along East Broad Street, adjacent to the project at 71 East Broad St.. There is currently no application for a phase two project to the planning committee .

The Hopewell Planning Board begins a public hearing to replace the Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn

The planning committee carries a motion into the New Year proposing the construction of a new three-story building to replace the Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn.

The hearing will continue on January 5th. Genesis Investment Properties plans to use the existing floor plan of the building at 15 E. Broad St. in Hopewell Borough.

The applicant suggests demolishing the existing building and shed, a one-story extension next to the district library, rear concrete walkways and curbs, a wooden fence, and a landscaped wall.

A restaurant with a bar, lounge and dining room will be housed on the first floor of the planned building. A kitchen, wraparound porch, and relaxation rooms are also suggested.

The second floor would have two one-bedroom apartments, a dining area, and a wraparound dining terrace.

Four one-room apartments are to be built on the third floor.

Hopewell Borough Council forms a safety advisory council

The city council set up an Advisory Committee on Pedestrians, Bicycles and Safety (PBSAC) in 2021.

The new committee will advise the council and gather information on safety, help resolve pedestrian, bicycle and road safety issues, take stock of every street in the district highlighting any issues or recommended improvements, and more securely connect residents within Hopewell Borough.

The committee only has an advisory role and reports to the Council. The municipal council decides whether certain improvements, changes or suggestions from the advisory committee are to be promoted.

The committee consists of five members appointed by Mayor Paul Anzano.