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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Vote Tuesday: Open Space Referendum
« on: November 07, 2018, 01:16:43 PM »
Great news on the landslide voter support for this initiative.  I'm going to try and appear before the Hackensack Environmental Commission and try to get support for either direct acquisition or conservation easement on the 3 hill lots adjacent to Borg's Woods, especially the one closest to Fairmount Avenue, which people think has street frontage to Fairmount Ave, but it does not. 

My guess is that the three lot owners would probably prefer a conservation easement, if they want preservation at all. And one with a guarantee that no trails will be lain out on the lots. At least a conservation easement will be less money to come up with. I'm guessing a few hundred thousand, tops, will be enough. In 1995, two other hill lots totally 1.0 acres were added to the land preserved in 1994, and those lots totalled $91,000. In 1994 money.  Land is worth more now, I'd say.

One of the owners is the house on Summit Ave that just spent a few hundred thousand on rehab (Summit west side near Poplar Ave), and recently cut down all the huge Sweetgums on the front yard. They are the most magnificient fall foliage tree in our area, and it was a loss for the beauty of Summit Ave. This house owns the "fenced lot" along the trail that parallels the ridge.  I am most doubtful of this owner, but you never know.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Transit Connector
« on: November 07, 2018, 02:26:50 AM »
Nice find.  Yes, it looks like a resurrection of the former shuttle route, but I'm betting that it will run up State Street instead of Main Street, because NJ Transit is removing all buses from Main Street, and moving them to State Street, as part of the 2-way conversion project.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Transit Connector
« on: November 02, 2018, 05:19:25 AM »
Sounds like a resurrection of the once-popular shuttle that ran Main Street, Anderson Street, Prospect Ave, and Essex Street. Joseph Campagna and myself headed up that effort so many years ago, starting around 1993, and the proposal was part of the whole plan to revitalize the business community by bringing large-scale residential development to the downtown center.

There were lots of things that went wrong with the original shuttle, including them breaking down too often, making it free instead of charging something nominal, and not implementing the advertising plan as originally proposed. I guess it's time to try again.

Does anyone know, what is the new route ?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« on: October 28, 2018, 09:27:54 PM »
Hackensack has lost ANOTHER building of significant historic character, one that I had long hoped would be someday restored to it's original glory.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:52:07 AM »
yes, Homer, I remember that one.  One of many downtown proposals that sat gathering dust.  The one I was talking about for Banta Place extending eastwards was much older, and it was something I found while researching things. It wasn't a current news story I experienced. 

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Renovation Central Ave
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:38:40 AM »

I've never been able to load photos to this website. The process is unusual and very difficult for me

Hackensack Discussion / Renovation Central Ave
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:37:54 AM »
Lots of houses get vinyl siding, but I consider this particular project to be very significant due to it's prominent location.  This is a major improvement for the core Central Ave corridor

That stairwell is 3 stories above grade, so far. And how tall is the building going to be ? At least 5 stories, I'm sure.  Your fears are confirmed, goodbye river view from your penthouse apartment.

Exactly. There could be a sudden downdraft during a thunderstorm, in which an airplane suddenly loses 400 feet altitude. And then it's all over.

Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:20:56 AM »
None of the other 643 construction sites are so isolated that they COULD BE demolished with explosives or a wrecking ball.  It was a reasonable speculation, and I was wondering the same thing.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Geri's Deli
« on: August 20, 2018, 03:49:17 AM »
What needs to go is the billboard

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Weed Manna
« on: July 22, 2018, 09:15:39 AM »
The core message that parents are the anti-drug is perfectly logical to anyone who is, or has been, a parent to a teenager.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Weed Manna
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:21:42 AM »
The logic is:  'Parents, take your kids to this hamburger joint. That's the joint they need, not a marijuana joint.'

Hackensack Videos / Re: Flooded Hackensack NJ 4/16/18
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:59:44 AM »
This is why we need a Coles Brook Flood Control Commission, composed of Hackensack, Maywood, Paramus and River Edge residents.  We need flood detention improvements along both Coles Brook and Van Saun Creek.  There's room behind Lowes, in Staib Park where the abandoned basketball area is, and in select parts of Borg's Woods overrun with invasives.  Even just south of Beech Street. And additional areas in Paramus. If water can be held upstream, there will be less water in the creek downstream.  The brook can be widened in some areas as well

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Kazimir's Pets closing
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:54:44 PM »
And what's really improved is the south side of Passaic Street from Park Street to Linden Ave. And both sides of Passaic Street from Linden Ave going west to Second Street.  I think a lot of this has to do with the "loss" of the giant boarding house at 211 Passaic Street. I think that fire was around 2005. You now see houses now with well kept exteriors and landscaping, and nice new front doors.  That was also a shock to me, after 10 years.

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