A CITY ON THE RISE
HACKENSACK, NJ, July 9, 2015—The City of Hackensack is on the rise—literally—with construction scheduled to start on 1,000 units of multi-housing on the County Seat’s Main Street within the next 24 months, and plans in place to make the downtown area more accessible by public transportation and walkable for visitors coming to enjoy local entertainment and international restaurants.
The following is a list of projects that are on the horizon.
There are several sites that have been designated for redevelopment on and near Hackensack’s Main Street.
• Atlantic Street Park Project: The City is nearing completion of the Atlantic Street Park Project which will include a stage for outdoor performances as well as benches and seating for daytime and weekend uses. Several events are planned for the park including a ribbon cutting ceremony (7/15/15, 6:00pm) and Shakespeare in the park following the ceremony. Through donations from private property owners and developers, the Upper Main Street Alliance has donated $40,000 toward the improvements to the park.
• Two Way Street Project: In June, consultants presented conceptual designs to the City to convert Main Street and State Street back to two way. Presentations to the Upper Main Street Alliance are scheduled for July. As a part of this process, the City and County jointly submitted an application for adaptive signalization. Tentative approval has been granted. These funds will go directly toward the cost for converting the streets back to two way. A schedule for construction has not yet been determined.
• The City, the County and NJ Transit have been working together to propose a mixed-use development on the former County Probation Site located at 133 River Street. The intention of the project is to expand the NJ Transit Regional Bus Station on the ground floor, while providing approximately 300 parking spaces and 140 residential units within a six-story development. The Planning Board will be presented a Redevelopment Plan for the site in July.
• In June, the Planning Board recommended the former Record site be designated as an area in need of redevelopment. The 19.7-acre property located between River Street and the Hackensack River represents a significant opportunity for a mixed use residential, hotel and commercial development with public open space and amenities including maintaining the USS Ling as a public museum. The City will be presenting a redevelopment plan to the Planning Board in August or September.
• In June, the Planning Board recommended the current Bergen Community Action Partnership property at 240 Main Street be designated as an area in need of redevelopment. A redevelopment plan will be presented to the Planning Board in August which will consider a mixed use +/- 100 unit residential project with retail located on Main Street.
• The City submitted its Tidelands application to the NJDEP for the existing Lot C located between East Salem and Midtown Bridge Approach. The application was deemed complete by the State and plans to move forward with a RFP for developers to build a mixed use site with a minimum of 200 public parking spaces are still in the works.
That pile driving noise is the sound of progress and the precursor to thousands of new Millennials and other renters-by-choice calling Hackensack home. The following multi-housing projects have been approved for development in the next 18 months:
• 150-170 Main Street. The 382 unit, 14 story project has been moving forward as demolition is being completed. Piles and vertical construction should begin in the summer and fall of 2015 with an estimated completion in 24 to 30 months. The project includes over 7,500 sf of new retail on Main Street with outdoor seating and dining.
• 94 State Street: The Metro Meridia project with 222 units is scheduled to open in September 2015. This project will be the first of several mixed use residential projects to open in the downtown.
• 210 Main Street: The 132 units are scheduled to begin demolition and construction in the summer of 2015 with an estimated construction time of 18 to 24 months. This project will be a gut renovation of both 210 and 214 Main Street with over 3,000 sf of retail on Main Street including the renovation of the interior lobby space as both retail and lobby for the residents. Considerations to reopen the 210 Moore Street garage for public use continue to be discussed with the developer and the City.
For more information on this and other redevelopment projects in the downtown, visit www.hackensack.org/redevelopment or contact the City Manager’s office at 201-646-3900. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.