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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Woolworth
« on: Today at 03:49:05 PM »
The owners/architect will try to incorporate to door into the new building.  They point out that it is not a fire-rated door and could only be used architecturally, perhaps someplace in the lobby.  Hardware may also be an issue. If they can't use it, they'll let us know and hopefully make it available for someone else's use.

Re-use of old an structure is never easy and always more expensive than you think it will be.  The owners of 210 Main will confirm.  There are no instructions, warranties, or guarantees when you marry old construction with new.  This couple in the UK managed to do it with an old theater but went over-budget by 100k pounds (from 350k to 450k).

I realize we are just talking about a door here but you get the idea.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Woolworth
« on: Today at 10:17:21 AM »
I reached out to the project architect.

Hackensack Discussion / Sears Future
« on: Yesterday at 08:48:37 PM »

If the store ever closes, I wonder if this building might make a good candidate for school expansion. I heard that the school district was once interested in the old Arnold Constable Building for Pre-K through 3rd. In the end, Bergen Community College bought it. Lost opportunity.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: March 21, 2017, 10:26:55 PM »
Thinking outside the box (or line for that matter):

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: March 21, 2017, 03:01:18 PM »
Recent posts here were moved to new topic: "Overcrowding in School District"

Hackensack Discussion / Overcrowding in School District
« on: March 20, 2017, 10:39:22 PM »
I'm told that the Hackensack School District increased by something like 100 students per year over the last 8 years or so. That's significant. As explained to me, extended families doubled or tripled-up in single-unit apartments when the recession hit.  With the economy gradually improving, the numbers may drop but only very gradually. 

I think enforcement is very important.  That said, I don't know how you tell someone that their recently unemployed brother and his kids can't stay with them temporarily.  Unless there are obvious, reported code violations, it is difficult if not impossible to legally identify, let alone remedy. Proof of residency is relatively easy to demonstrate. But can we make students/parents prove they are living in code-compliant housing?

It's easier to prove when a student is not living in town (and I hear this happens with some frequency) but the real problem appears to be overcrowding within Hackensack.  It's much harder to establish that a student is living in illegal, overcrowded conditions.   How is this done? Even if you correlated enrollment data (last names) and building data (number of bedrooms), that might only reveal that cousins share a bedroom. There's no law against that.

And, to make matters worse, this overcrowding is not safe.  Remember the fire on Anderson behind the convent?

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