Redevelopment Update, February 2016

Redevelopment on and near Hackensack’s Main Street continues with new areas being designated for redevelopment by the Planning Board and ongoing projects continuing to make progress. Here is an update on new and ongoing projects supported by the City of Hackensack and Main Street Business Alliance:

Conceptual Rendering of 240 Main Street

Conceptual Rendering of 240 Main Street

Redevelopment Projects:

    • The Planning Board is scheduled to be presented with a redevelopment plan for 50-52 Main Street in February. The proposal for the property which fronts onto the green includes a five-story, +/- 40-unit building with +/- 3,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
    • The Planning Board has approved a plan for adaptive reuse of the existing building at 161 Main Street into eight apartment units with +/- 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space on Main Street.
    • The Hackensack Planning Board approved plans to convert the former Woolworth building at 149 Main Street into a five-story, 72-unit residential building with +/- 3,900 square feet of retail on Main Street. The plans require the iconic art deco façade to be renovated as part of the development.

  • The developer at 210 Main Street is scheduled to begin interior demolition in February/March while keeping the historic façade intact. The project includes +/- 92 residential units and 37 units next door at 214 Main Street. Together, they will provide +/- 3,300 square feet of street level retail space on Main Street.
  • It is anticipated the site plan for 240 Main Street (seen above) will be reviewed by the Hackensack Planning Board in March. This property was previously designated as an area in need of redevelopment in November. The redevelopment plan allows for a maximum of 110 residential units and a minimum of 2,300 square feet of retail space facing Main Street in a five-story project.
  • Earlier in January, the Planning Board recommended approval for the designation of Portions of Lot D (the area between Salem and Camden and State and Main Streets) as areas in need of redevelopment.
  • More than 20 City-Owned Lots were designated as areas in need of redevelopment in January. The lots range in size from 2,000 square feet to more than an acre throughout the City’s Downtown District. The Planning Board will begin reviewing development plans for these lots in the coming months.
  • On November 4th, the Hackensack Planning Board determined that Block 407.01 (located between Main and State/Berry and Camden) met the criteria for an area in need of redevelopment. The next step would be the creation of a redevelopment plan for the block.

Cultural Arts Initiatives:

  • The City is anticipating the construction documents for the Performing Arts Center will be completed and out to bid in the spring.
  • Five local artists completed painting The Main Street Gateway Mural Project on the construction wall at 76 Main street just after Thanksgiving, providing downtown visitors another reason to stay and enjoy Main Street.

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About Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance

Established in 2004, the Main Street Business Alliance is a public private partnership between the business community and the City of Hackensack. The organization’s mission is to address the issues facing the business community with the goal of improving the local economy and the City’s overall business climate. Since its inception, the Alliance has provided Main Street with aesthetic improvements, clean and green programs, merchant grants, and marketing and events such as the Hackensack Street Festival.

About the Downtown Rehabilitation Plan
The Alliance, City of Hackensack, Archer & Greiner and DMR Architects received a New Jersey Future 2014 Smart Growth Award for the creation of the City’s Downtown Rehabilitation Plan. Adopted in 2012, the plan calls for new housing, retail and restaurants to maximize the city’s strategic advantages in the region.

Encompassing 163 acres and 389 individual properties on 39 city blocks, the Hackensack Downtown Rehabilitation Plan promotes a range of land uses. These include retail, restaurants, office, commercial, civic, and entertainment, along with a diversity of housing types, to create a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly downtown. One of the key objectives is to connect a series of neighborhoods with improved infrastructure, parks, plazas, open spaces and the city’s public transportation facilities.