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I found this online:

Ten Cities Initiative - The Ten Cities Initiative is designed to establish Urban Forestry Programs in some of NJ’s most tree challenged communities. This project is working with seven communities (Garfield, Plainfield, Union City, Jersey City, Hackensack, Passaic and Keansburg) to develop a community forestry management plan, train local residents and city officials, establish a tree commission, and coordinate a tree planting or educational event.

I also note in the "Hackensack Community Link" newsletter (Fall 03), it reads:

Promoting Shady Streets: If you would like a shade tree planted between the curb and sidewalk in front of your home, please write to the Hackensack Shade Tree Advisory Committee c/o City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. If possible, please include a drawing to illustrate where you would like the tree planted.

I was at the carnival before any disturbance took place.  I noticed about 4 Hackensack "Special Police" on the premises.  Are "special police" also called "auxilary police"?  

I did not find any mention of the "riot" in The Record.

Hackensack Discussion / Re:Corner of Union St. & Central Ave.
« on: May 13, 2004, 12:55:40 PM »
The following article by a Hackensack Now contributing writer mentions the Union Street Project (see bolded text below):

December 24, 2003:

By Lauren Mitreski

Call it Anthony Carrino’s Christmas gift to the City of Hackensack. A long-awaiting groundbreaking has finally occurred on the most lavish and upscale apartment building ever proposed in the vicinity of downtown Hackensack. Seven worn-out two-family homes lie in various stages of spectacular ruin as demolition continues at the southwest corner of Union and Sussex Streets, just north of Essex Street.

The project was originally approved in the Spring of 2002 by the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, which then granted an extension a year later. Although the Master Plan recommends multi-unit development, the antiquated zoning code still technically calls for two-family zoning at the site. The city is planning to adopt an ordinance which will bring the zoning code into conformity with the Master Plan. The entire length of Union Street is expected to be rezoned for 5-story multi-unit development.

Carrino’s new 5-story building will house approximately 40 spacious 2-bedroom units. The units are expected to be high-rent apartments attracting households earning in the $100,000 per year range. The targeted market is young professional couples as well as empty-nester households. The project is one block west of the Court Plaza office complex, and an easy 1.5 block walk to the Essex Street train station. There will be a 25-foot setback from the curb, and 15 feet of landscaping around the side and rear perimeter. Thanks to the diligence of the board members, the building will have a detailed architectural façade (mostly brick) and a peaked roof. "The only comparable building in Hackensack is the new condo complex at Clinton Place and Grand Avenue, but the Clinton Place building has less extensive landscaping and smaller units", said Eric Martindale, a community activist who regularly attends board meetings. Martindale, who said he testified in favor of the project at the hearings, said it will be the first building on the east side of Hackensack of comparable quality to Prospect Avenue.

City officials are optimistic that the new development will mark a turning point for Union Street. Earlier in December, the city Planning Board approved 19 units at the southwest corner of Union Street and Central Avenue, and groundbreaking occurred on an 8-story tower at State and Clay Streets. Several more projects are in planning stages.

Events & Calendar / 6/16/04 Open House at Mus. Yours.
« on: May 11, 2004, 12:19:58 PM »


5 Camden Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
(across from Johnson Public Library)

June 16, 2004
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Musically Yours would like to introduce you to our new Hi-Tech Installation Service Division:  MYI Audio/Video Design & Installation.  We have been designing and equipping quality electronics to residential homes, clubs, bars, restaurants, corporate offices and houses of worship in the tri-state area for over a decade.

Some of our customers have included Ashford & Simpson's "Sugar Bar" in NYC, NY; Florentine Gardens in River Vale, NJ and Vue in NYC, NY.

Our personnel and custom installation experts are factory trained, experienced professionals who aim for your complete satisfaction.

Complementary Refreshments
Special Guests
Great Neworking

Events & Calendar / 10/10/04 Hackensack Run
« on: May 11, 2004, 11:55:51 AM »
The Hackensack Run
Dedicated to the Memory of Tommy Burns

The Record
150 River Street

5k Road Race  1.5 Mile River Walk

Presented by
Greater Hackensack Chamber of Commerce

T-shirts, DJ, Prizes, Giveaways, Refreshments

The Hackensack Run for Action against Hunger, dedicated to the memory of Tommy Burns, race staging and finish line at The Record Parking Lot, 150 River St. Registration/Packet Pick-up: 7:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m. 5K race 1.5 mile walk. Pre: $17 ($15 USATF-NJ members) Post: $20 after October 5 and on race day. For registration and info call 201-489-3700 or 732-381-0318 or log onto or . No dogs, baby strollers or rollerblades please.

Come and Join Us.

Events & Calendar / 5/14/04 Auction
« on: May 11, 2004, 11:23:06 AM »

Second Reformed Church at Union, Anderson, and Ward streets.

Preview at 6:45 p.m.; bidding at 7:30. Silent auction 6:45 to 7:30.

$5 includes refreshments. (201) 343-7550.

The following docket was faxed to me.  Typos may appear due to the transfer to electronic form.  The docket appears below, with results in italics.

DOCKET and Results of MEETING OF MAY I2, 2004[/center]

1.   Roll Call.

2.   Approval of bills.

3.   Consideration of minutes of the meeting of April 14,2004

4.   Memoralization of resolutions from meeting of April 14, 2004 after review of requested plans:



5.   AMENDED SITE PLAN #05-044 V#l5~4. GREATER NEW JERSEY DEVELOPMENT, 273 STATE STREET. BLOCK 317. LOTS 13/l4 ZONE B2 CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. Applicant requests approval to amend prior site plan approval to permit construction of an eight story multi-family dwelling requiring the following:

I )Insufficient sideyard setback ratio: Required 4:1=20; Proposed 15
2)Insufficient aisle width. Required 25’; Proposed 24’ CONDITION APPROVAL 4/14/04, PENDING LANDSCAPE & LIGHTING PLANS

Adjouned to 6/9 (I think)

5B.   SUB #750-04 CHENG II. LIN 144 HOPPER STREET. BLOCK 120 LOTS 1 to 4 R-IA DISTRICT. ONE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL. Applicant requests approval to subdivide existing 100 x 100’ lot into two (2) 50’,xl00’ lots and to renovate existing structure to eliminate any bulk variances. APPROVED 4/18/04-PENDING PLANS


6.   SUB #755-04 & V# 11-04. ,ARTHUR MENTO. 175 BURY STREET. BLOCK
330. Lots 26 &27. ZONE R-2 RESIDENTIAL. Applicant requests permission to subdivide existing 75 x 120 lot and construct two 2-family dwellings on two 37’6" lots, requiring the following:

1. Insufficient lot width (Required 50’0" — Proposed 37’6"
2. Subdivision required.
3. Such other variances as may be required


7.   SITE PLAN #02-04. SUB #754-04 &V#07-04. COMMERCE BANK. 98-110 MOORE STREET (aka 111 RIVER STREET. BLOCK 204.A. LOTS 16~24± 26B,26C.260.26E & 26F, ZONE 8-2 BUSINESS DISTRICT. Applicant requests permission to demolish the existing building and construct a bank with drive-in facility. See official docket for more infor


Approved as amended.  The site has one more space than required by ordinance.  The sign size of the original application was reduced and will be constructed with red brick, as requested by the board.  Variances were eliminated.  The site will have a rear drive thru on Moore Street, with entrances and exits on Moore and Atlantic.  It will have four lanes for teller windows.  

8.   SITE PLAN APJ’L. #12-03 & VARIANCE #36-03, MARICA JULIA. LLC., 493

Applicant requests permission to demolish an existing one Family dwelling and construct a 2,620 s.f. medical office building requiring the following:

a)Preliminary and final site plan approval required pursuant to Ordinance #175-44 b)insufficient aisle width - Required 25’. Proposed 24’
c)Sign exceeds maximum square footage — Required 12’, Proposed 15’ d)Insufficient setback of parking lot to B-I & R-IA Districts
Required 10’ - Proposed 4’
c)insufficient parking provided: Required 24 — Proposed 20.
f)Insufficient sideyard setback in B-1 & R-IA Districts
g)Such other variances as may be required.
   RESCHEDULED FROM 11/12. l2/1O/0~ & 1114,3/10,4/14/04, & CONTINUED FROM 4126/04


9.   SUB #752-04 & V#04-04. GERALD ANTHONY. 96 COLES AVENUE & BLOCK
      Applicant requests subdivision and variances to construct a one family dwelling facing South    Lake Drive requiring the following:
I) Exceeds maximum permitted land coverage: Existing 1668 s.f (33%), Required 1250 s.f. (25%)
2)   Insufficient front yard setback-Existing 14.05’, Required 25’
3)   Insufficient setback to garage: Existing 14.05’, Required 25’.
4) Insufficient side yard setback to garage: Existing 4.65’, Required 7’6".
5)   Insufficient rear yard setback to deck: Proposed 1 9’O", Required 20’O"
1) Insufficient lot size: Proposed 4,922sf., Required 5,000 s.f.
2)   Insufficient front yard setback-Proposed 20~+, Required 25’
3) Exceeds minimum allowable land coverage: Proposed 29.7%, 1479 s.f..-Required - 1248 s.f., 25%
4) Such other variances as may be required
CARRIED FROM 3/10 & 4/14/04

Approved as modified.  Applicant must construct a road to the house as part of the approval. Question was raised the proposed home may be in a flood zone.  FEMA maps indicated that it is not.  Originally the home was over-sized for the lot, but the applicant reduced the size to 1224 sq. ft.   One member of the public commented that there may not be adequate access for fire trucks, to which a board member (and fire department official) addressed, indicating the new road actually increases access in that area.  

10.   SUB #742k SITE PLAN #17-03 & VH4I-03. MARINI BROS. CONSTRUCTION CO.. INC. LAFAYETTE AVENUE. BLOCK 3LLOTS 15/JR. ZONED~I. MANUFACTURINO. Applicant requests subdivision, site plan approval and variances to demolish an existing residential structure on Lot 18 and merge and subdivide the remaining lots into two. 50 x 100 lots and construct a new 2 story building requiring the following:

1.   Subdivision approval required. I’18t1 submitted does not correctly indicate the proposed lot widths.
2.   Site plan approval required.
3,   Lot #1 (with existing two family dwelling to remain;
a)Insufficient front yard setback--Required 25’, Proposed/Existing 4’IW’
b)Insufficient side yard setback (secondary street)—Required 15’.
Proposed/Existing I .30~
c)Insufficient parking provided—Required 4, Proposed/Existing I.
d)Lot paved in excess of 50% of front side and rear yard.
4.   Lot 2—Parking prohibited in front yard setback—Required I5’0", Proposed 0’0"
5.   Such other variances which may be required.

Approved, despite 3 members of the public seeking to have the application denied.  Residents cited noise problems, traffic congestion, fire truck access, unsightlyness, etc.  Board members responed that the site is zoned for light industrial use, including the proposed construction warehouse.  Apparently the warehouse will only accommodate 2 of the 5 vehicles currently stored on the open lot.  Residents argued that while there are landscaping yards in the neighborhood, there are no construction yards with heavy equipment and the neighborhood has be improving, moving away from light industrial.  The applicant argued that some coverage of the existing equipment is better than none at all.  The application was approved with two board members voting against it.  

11.    SUB #753-04 &V#05-04. CARLOS ROCHA. 76 LODI STREET. BLOCK 57 LOT
4 ZONE R-2. One & Two Family Residential. Applicant requests subdivision of existing 75’ wide property with existing 2 1/2 story dwelling into two lots requiring the following:
   I.   Subdivision will create two non-conforming lots (see official docket for more info)
      Rescheduled FROM 11/12 & 12/10/03, ADJOURNED PROM 1/14, 2111, 3/10 &       4/14/04.

Denied.  Board apparently thought there was no real hardship for granting the variances and/or approving the plan.  

12.   SITE PLAN #5-04 & v# 16~04. SAFWAT SUAKER. M.D.. 38 SUMMIT AVENUE

Applicant requests approval to renovate existing dwelling and convert to a doctor’s Office requiring the following:

l)Site plan approval required pursuant to 175-24.6 office overlay district.
2)Insufficient setback to property line From parking lot
3)Such other variances as may be required.

I had to leave before the vote.  I'll try to find out and post later.  Does anyone know?

13.   SITE PLAN #07-04 & V#17-04, BULLET ELECTRIC. 290 LODI STREET.BLOCK 100.J & LOT 1/3. Applicant requests approval to renovate existing building and improve parking lot requiring the following:

I)   Insufficient front yard setback to stairs and ramp:
Required 15’0"" — Proposed 0"
2)   Insufficient lot width — Required 100’ — Existing 97.12’
3)   Insufficient sideyard setback — Required 10’ — Existing 0.4’
4)   Insufficient rearyard setback.— Required 10’— Existing 03’
5)   Such other variances as may be required.


14.   SITE PLAN #0944. 190 MAIN STREET ASSOCIATES. 185 MOORE STREET. BLOCKI1 1. LOT 3. ZONE 8-3 BUSINESS DISTRICT. Applicant requests approval to demolish the existing one story structure and construct a parking lot with park area on Main Street, requiring the following:

I )Site Plan required pursuant to 175-44(A)
2)Such other variances as may be required.

Applicant did not show.

NOTE (appearing on official notice):   When the case is called you may appear either in person or by attorney and present any testimony which you may have concerning the application. Alt documents relating to the applications can be inspected in the office of the Building, Housing Land Use Department, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, between the hours of 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

Events & Calendar / 5/18/04 Citizens Appreciation Night
« on: May 09, 2004, 10:28:35 PM »
Hackensack Police Department

Citizens Appreciation Night

Awards Ceremony.

7:30 PM at the Hackensack Middle School Auditorium located at 360 Union Street.  

Hackensack Discussion / High-Rises
« on: May 08, 2004, 11:47:01 PM »
Thanks to Eric for the poll suggestion.

Hackensack Discussion / EXCELSIOR III
« on: May 08, 2004, 11:43:28 PM »
As reported by the Record, a developer wants to build a 20-story, 331-unit apartment complex at Prospect Avenue and American Legion Drive that would span a freight line of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad.

The city, however, has safety concerns about a project that would be the first of its kind in Hackensack. It would also be the city's first high-rise apartment construction in a decade.

Click here to read the full story.

Thanks to Eric for suggesting the poll.

Hackensack Discussion / Re:City Web Site Poll -
« on: May 08, 2004, 02:51:29 PM »
Looks like the city's official site is about 85% finished.

Hackensack Discussion / Re:Proposed plan for County DPW/PD
« on: May 08, 2004, 02:48:00 PM »
Click here to read the latest Record article on this topic.

Link requires free registraiton with the Record.

Any further thoughts?

Events & Calendar / 7/4/04 Celebration at Forshini Park
« on: May 05, 2004, 11:36:00 AM »
July 4th Celebration

9am to 10pm

All day Flea Market from 9-5

International Food Vendors

Annual Softball Game between the City of Hackensack and the Board of Education

Live Entertainment begins at 7pm with The Coasters & Cornell Gunter, followed by headliners:

The Duprees.

A spectacular fireworks display by Grucci Fireworks ends the evening.  Fireworks show starts at about 9:30.

Call 646-8042 for more information.

Events & Calendar / 8/3/04 Free Concert: The Infernos
« on: May 05, 2004, 11:31:55 AM »
Hackensack Concert Series

7:30 to 8:45

Memorial Park (Main and Temple Avenue)

The Infernos

Events & Calendar / 7/27/04 Free Concert: Luisito Rey...
« on: May 05, 2004, 11:30:03 AM »
Hackensack Concert Series

7:30 to 8:45

Forshini Park

Luisito Rey Y Su Orquestra

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