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Hackensack Discussion / Re: High School
« on: February 20, 2007, 07:49:26 PM »
This is a good change, and the Record article should have credited whoever was behind the push.  My guess is that the new Principal, Mark Porto, deserves at least some of the credit.  He took over after the untimely demise of Joseph DeFalco in 2005.  It's very disturbing to learn that African-Americans and Latinos were steered away from Advanced Placement Courses at recently as a few years ago.

It's also well worth noting that the demographic statistics are virtually unchanged from 1995, that's 12 years ago.  There are some people who believe that integration doesn't work and eventually all the white families will move away.  Those people may have been right in the 1980's, but not any more. The stability of these numbers over a long time period shows that integration can and does work.  And that's the future. Integration will come to every neighborhood of every city and town in Bergen County, and more and more mixed race children will enter the school system.  In 30 years, Hackensack won't be as different from the rest of the County, demographically, as it is today, and there might not be any neighborhoods more than 50% of any one race.

Hackensack Discussion / Summit-Prospect Nursing Home
« on: January 17, 2007, 10:38:13 AM »
It has come to my attention that developers intent on building a 10 +/-story NURSING HOME have purchased two houses on Summit Avenue and one adjacent house on Prospect Ave.

They recently purchased the property for approximately 3.25 million at a special auction. A "prominent" family in Hackensack owned the three houses for many years, more than likely a failed attempt to assemble lots for a high-rise.

The house on Prospect is on the west side of Prospect, and it is the first house going NORTH from Golf Place.  This is a gray-blue house, and I believe it is in between the "Grand Imperial" and the "Prospect North" buildings, both approximately 6-7 stories.  It's one of the last houses left on the strip.

Whether or not the intent to use all or part of the Summit Avenue properties REMAINS TO BE SEEN.  However, they didn't spent $3.25 million to sit on property and do nothing.

I don't see any problem with a nursing home on Prospect Ave, but any attempt to build anything larger than a single-family home on Summit Ave would be enormously controversial. It might even attract the attention of some of the people who were fighting Excelsior III.

My gut instinct tells me they will leave the two houses, but attempt to cut off 50 feet or more of the rear yards and add it to the Prospect Ave lot.  The properties on Summit Ave are 200 feet deep.

Such a plan would require a use variance to build a non-permitted use in the R75 zone, which allows single family houses on lots 75 feet wide, and 10,000 square feet in size or more.  In June 2005, the zone was changed from R-1, which allowed single-family houses on lots 75 feet wide and 7,500 square feet.  The increased lot size was deliberately to prevent subdivision of large homes.

Note also that the city still has an ordinance that allows citizens to appeal to the Mayor & Council use variances granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  There was recently talk of repealing said ordinance, which was enacted in 1989 specifically to protect Summit Ave, but the ordinance affects the entire city.  However, I believe the ordinance remains in place.

I'll post more information on this topic as it becomes available.

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