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SID – Special Improvement District in South Orange ?




South Orange businesses have been mostly opposed to the formation of a SID (special improvement district) as proposed by the SID advisory committee.  The SID would pass an assessment on businesses which is the main reason for the negative reaction.  The South Orange Chamber of Commerce and many business owners instead proposed that the BOT (Board of Trustees) work with the Chamber and the business owners directly and develop volunteer programs to accomplish the BOT’s goals for the town.  

In a meeting on tuesday night (11/28/11) the BOT scheduled a workshop to deal with the SID.  It is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 from at 8 pm at Village Hall. 

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Area Sales for the full year 2010

Here are the sales numbers for the year  2010 in Suburban Essex and Northern Union counties.   Buyers are returning as the number of sales (sold listings) increased over 2009 figures for the following towns: South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair and Summit.  The towns closest to the train lines are feeling the recovery before the others (figures from Garden State MLS).

Please call me if you’ve got any questions about these figures or would like a complimentary CMA (comparative market analysis) done for your home.

Springfield Avenue business district improvements

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South Orange and Maplewood need to attract retail and office businesses to hopefully take a bit of the property tax burden of homeowners. Maplewood Township Committee voted to extend parking limits in the Springfield Ave. business district from 1 hour to 2 hours between 8 am and 6 pm.  They also voted to introduce more money that would pay for new bump-outs, curbs, pavements, trees, grates, streetlights, benches and trash receptacles in the area of the Springfield Avenue streetscape improvement project Princeton Street to Tuscan Road).   Daibes Enterprises is interested in developing ground floor retail in the area.  For more details –