Watchung Plaza
The building at 256 Park Street was razed last week. JAIMIE WINTERS/STAFF

A Park Street commercial building that housed financial and flooring companies was demolished this week to make way for a retail and housing development.

The application for the three-story, 11 unit housing and retail development at 256 Park Street in the Watchung Plaza area met with heavy opposition from residential neighbors who cited density and traffic concerns.

Watchung Plaza
The three-story building will have 11 units of housing

Despite residents protests and a petition with a 145 signatures against the development by developers Brian Mazzei and Michael Nirchio, the planning board approved it last July.

The demolition permit was issued on Feb. 5, according to the building department.

The complex will have 30 parking space and loading zone. The developer is providing two affordable units in the building.

Paul Sionas is the architect. Alan Trembulak was the attorney for the developer.

— Jaimie Julia Winters