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March 2

1. 395 Main loses its NE 2nd-floor corner office roof.

2. This is why I shot from home last Friday.

3. Just what we need on a cold, snowy day - a truckload of Pepsi. At least it puts some color into the picture.

4. On this snowy, windy day, a young woman had been walking along the site fence on State St, looking at the piles of rubble and then crossed the street to walk west away from it. She suddenly stopped, turned around, dug a camera or phone out of her bag as the wind blew her umbrella inside-out and took a shot.

5. I'm still getting used to this view I suddenly have of Main St (and that I may not have anymore after a few months).

March 3

1. Now that all the buildings are down, I took a walk around the perimeter to see what was there. This one was taken through the State St fence looking toward Main. I think this yellow-brick chunk was part of the last section of wall to be taken down on the State St side.

2. Yet another interesting-looking tank

3. Lots of good catches made by the fence on Main St.

4. This is where the 389 Main door ended up - slightly worse for the wear.

5 & 6. The excavator was used to drag all the big stuff off the sidewalks inside the perimeter fence and back into the pit. Later that day from home, I saw one of the workers sweeping the small stuff into the pit so that he and another worker could move the fences in and let people use the sidewalks again.

7. OK - all the buildings are down. Can we sneak in a nice park there or that new school thatís been mentioned recently (two-stories only, please) before the 5-story monstrosity is built? Somebody save me!

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1-6. State & Ward

7. 395 Main (front)

8. Roof collapse as workers watch from roof across the street

9-11. 395 Main (front)

12. Ward St side

13. Door on Ward St side

14. From a distance, these looked like wrapped-up bodies that were just pulled from the wreckage and stood up. Zooming in, you can (sort of) make out faces on them.

15-19. To pass the time, I followed the adventures of this in-ground tank. They tried to get it on a truck and eventually did. It was then driven across the street and around the municipal lot until finding an arrow to show them the way out.

20. Ward St photo stitch

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If thatís a rehab project, I would like to see what a clearance project looks like.
1. Minor glitches, but an incredibly-wide view from one floor up

2.  Ground-level

3. I shot the first stitch from the roof under the SIGNS sign and the second one from the point where that building meets the Main St sidewalk. The State St side of the 395 building is gone, except for a low section of yellow and dark brown brick wall.

This stitch made me realize that we have our own little in-line food chain going on here, because when you peel away the Don Alfonso Peruvian Restaurant (already peeled),  there's a Colombian restaurant (Noches de Colombia) right behind it. If you peel that second restaurant away, Chicken Supreme is behind that and if you peel THAT away, you still have the Poisoned Fish Store in the Hackensack River.

The lesson to be learned from this little observation? Too much rehab may wind up being the death of us all.

4. Late addition: This is a 2-photo stitch that I thought was interesting for some reason.

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I'm still trying to organize lots of stills, create stitches and consolidate videos.

Meanwhile, these are from the last week of February:

2/23 - Some of the old steel beams that are taken away by truck are just too long to fit in it, so they have to be cut in half with a cutting torch. The showers of sparks aren't as impressive during daylight, but these were taken toward dusk on a cloudy day. In the third picture, you can use your imagination to guess what might have been ignited by the torch.

2/26 - 1. Butting heads
          2. After 30 years, I can now see part of Main St at night that had been blocked by a building.

2/27 - 1. Recycling bricks
           2. 375 Main is down............on to 389.

2/28 - 1. What's left of 389 Main (the door with the small notice from the city will show up later)
           2. The State St side of the 395 Main building (also known as 404 State St) just lost its doors (big white/red Xs).

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Summit & Hamilton Construction
« Last post by ericmartindale on March 03, 2018, 05:56:22 AM »
nearby house on Hamilton Place, same estate division
Hackensack Discussion / Re: Summit & Hamilton Construction
« Last post by ericmartindale on March 01, 2018, 12:16:35 PM »
I also proposed an R40 zone to replace R2, but I couldn't get it passed.  It would have continued to allow 2-family houses on a 50 x 100 lot, but only side-by-side duplex houses. It would not allow new construction or conversions from 1 to 2-family with one unit on the first floor and one on the second floor. The intent was to increase owner-occupany, and there was a clause that the 2-family units must be separately-deeded. R40 would have also allowed a single-family house on a 40 x 100 lot.  And for both single-family and two-family, it would have allowed slightly more lot coverage, which is needed for quality construction. Otherwise, rooms would be a lot smaller, and the houses would sell for so much less that it would not be economical to build. And that is the status quo.

The result of R40 not passing is that NOT MUCH one and two-family construction has occured in the R2 zone, which is large areas of the First Ward, plus the Carver Park area. Builders could go for variances, but that's always a gamble.

I believe the R40 proposal is still relevant, and it could still be passed.  I still have all my files on that.
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