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New in West Orange

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From the Edison battery factory and new high-end stores opening up on Main Street to Essex Green Shopping Center additions such as LA Fitness and a new Cambria Suites hotel opening soon behind the Courtyard Marriot, it appears that the town’s commercial areas are beginning to perk up.

Also opening this past year is the City Workshop Men’s Supply Company on Main St, and a new high-end bakery and chocolatier will soon be opening on Main Street along with the Diamond Cuts Salon & Spa on Prospect Avenue.  A new diner will be moving in where the old Eagle Rock Diner used to be.

This growth in business interest in West Orange is helping to strengthen the township’s residential real estate market. “Destination downtowns drive housing values in towns,” Mayor Parisi said. “As our downtown improves, every owner of real estate in West Orange will have more equity.”

The greater demand for West Orange residential real estate is reflected by the fact that a much higher percentage of homes under contract in the last year ended up closing, as opposed to the prior 12-month periods.

Average DOM (days on market) are down from approximately 120 days (5 years ago) to 72 days.  Many are also going over list.

Average home values are also up across all neighborhoods, especially in the Gregory section which has an easy shuttle to the South Orange and Orange train stations and is attractive for people priced out of South Orange and Maplewood or just looking for more for their mone

The West Orange Downtown Alliance is also playing a part by assisting owners with the permit process, and provides grants to help them get their facade in place.

 

link to w.o. downtown alliance

 

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West Orange Pre-School Fair

PreschoolWest Orange Pre-School Fair on 1/21 at 6:30-8 pm at the West Orange Public Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Come learn about preschool and day-care options in our town! Free and open to the public! We will have multiple preschools and day-cares there to speak with you about different options. For more information call Playhouse Preschool @ 973-736-9451

Historic Holiday House tour of Essex County

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There will be 16 historic buildings open to the public on December 5th and 6th.  Amazing buildings include Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, the Glenmont (Edison) in West Orange and Kip’s Castle in Verona.  For the full schedule check out the link.

http://villagegreennj.com/calendar-events/essex-county-hosts-historic-holiday-house-tour-dec-5-6/

 

 

 

 

West Orange’s Scott Kelly is marathon champ of space travel

scottkellyAstronaut, Scott Kelly (who grew up in West Orange) has currently been in space since March 27.

Together with his previous missions, he has been in space for more total time (390 days) than any other American.

The purpose of this trip is to help scientists analyze space travel’s long term effects (weightlessness, isolation, radiation and stress among others) upon the human body.

Scott’s twin brother Mark is on the ground participating in the study by comparing the way the two age in their different environments.

For more info and links to a few videos (including his conversation with two cast members of the film, “The Martian”, use this link.

http://www.sciencealert.com/scott-kelly-has-now-spent-more-time-in-space-than-any-other-us-astronaut

Unwind in an Updated Beauty in West Orange

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DSCN437645 Sheridan Av.,  West Orange, NJ

Public Open House – Sunday, May 29, 1-4pm

4 Beds and 2 Baths

$374,000

Unwind in an updated, immaculate beauty, perfectly located near NYC transportation, S. Mtn Reservation & Recreation Ctr. Hardwood (oak) floors, big backyard & beautifully updated Kitchen. Kitchen includes white maple soft close cabinets, granite counters, subway tile backsplash, pantry, tons of natural light & french doors to back deck. Beautiful stone patio, backyard tree swings, cherry tree, forsythia, azalea & more mature landscaping grace the grounds. DR & LR are perfect for entertaining & first floor office can double as a bedroom. Great basement family room with bar, finished laundry area, full bath & bedroom. There are many new windows and plenty of basement and attic storage. Lots of love went into this very well maintained, charming home. MUCH LARGER THAN IT APPEARS!

link for full listing – http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?report=clientfull&Id=102944988_501982

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Edison Village, West Orange

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The redevelopment of the former Thomas Edison battery building in West Orange, N.J. into a project that will include retail space, apartments, and townhouses remains on hold.  The developer, Prism Capital Partners hopes to build 610 housing units and a 640-space parking garage.

The matter is currently pending before the State Supreme Court.  A few town residents challenged a $6.3 million dollar bond issue that the town plans to use to fund infrastructure upgrades. “We are challenging because we feel it’s not fair to taxpayers of West Orange to subsidize a private developer,” said Windale Simpson, one of the residents who filed the suit.  See links below for more details

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303980004579576120638433480

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/05/23/lawsuit-halts-west-orange-edison-village-revamp/

NED show in West Orange

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The NED show has hit West Orange. There’s a program/show stressing character in education that made its way into the Pleasantdale school in West Orange.

It’s a strange coincidence for me as a grammar school buddy or two of mine and I had a NED club which celebrated doing things differently.

http://tapinto.net/sections/education/categories/press-releases/articles/ned-show-assembly-held-at-pleasantdale-elementary

http://www.thenedshow.com


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