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Special Improvement District expands down Valley St.

 

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At a Monday night meeting, the Special Improvement District (SID) expanded farther down Valley Street in South Orange.  The expansion passed a Board of Trustee vote 5-0, with several Trustees speaking out in favor and outlining the benefits. A businessman representing a few other affected businesses spoke out against the extra levy.

For more info check the link

South Orange Approves Special Improvement District Expansion

 

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Seton Village Development on Irvington Ave.

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In a public meeting at Temple Beth-El in South Orange, Doug Zacker of the Seton Village Committee (formerly IACAC) and representatives of the town, (CFO Barry Lewis and two members of the BOT, Sheena Collum & Steve Schnall) had the buyers of a property on Irvington Ave. present more details of their proposal.  The buyers were Josh Mann and David Kasdan, two local developers/residents who are hoping to construct a building with rental units and and a small amount of retail space.

As there is a growing buzz about the area after this fall’s Craft Beer and Food Truck festival, interest in a ‘centerpiece building’ on the main corridor is high.  Some of numbers revealed (four stories between 50 and 57 feet and 72 units) were a concern for many of the immediate neighbors.  There were very legitimate questions about parking, storm water runoff, noise and a loss of sunlight for immediately adjacent single family properties.

In my opinion, 3 stories and perhaps about 50-60 units might be a more appropriate fit for the area.  With the right changes and compromises, I hope it could still be economically viable for the developers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Three New members of the South Orange Board of Trustees

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Sheena Collum, Steven Schnall and Walter Clarke have won election to the South Orange Board of Trustees replacing outgoing members, Michael Goldberg, Nancy Gould and Janine Bauer.  Their campaign stressed ‘the positive’ and hopefully will bring an infusion of energy, enthusiasm and efficiency to the town.

Schnall’s area of expertise is business and he plans to increase municipal efficiency, minimize spending and control taxes.

Clarke has a great record with the town in areas of environmental and energy policy.  He brought electric vehicle chargers to town, helped bring about the Rahway River cleanup and was instrumental in the certification of South Orange in the Sustainable Jersey program.

Collum has made her mark in public safety, community emergency response and public information.

For more info and for tallies:

http://southorange.patch.com/articles/south-orange-2013-takes-south-orange-election

http://thealternativepress.com/articles/collum-schnall-and-clarke-win-south-orange-board


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