Posts Tagged 'ken krasner'

Founders’ Park South Orange

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2 ADDING ELECTRIC AND WATER (for park events and water fountains)

3  SIGNAGE – add park name, Founder’s Park to an attractive sign near entrance

4  UPGRADED FENCING

5  PARK CLEAN-UP & PLANTING – (year 2) taking place May 20.

6 PLAY AREA  – Add benches, tables for adults between swings and street and add more swings, slides & fun play structures to entice kids

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7  WALL OF BUILDING NEXT DOOR  – Paint a mural on the wall

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8  GAZEBO AND SHUFFLEBOARD AREA – Eliminate black top and replace with grass or matching cement.  Paint or re-stain Gazebo, Good spot for 2 large permanent flower planters or some landscaping to perk it up.

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9  VIEWS

Improve views  around side perimeters of park.  Add smaller trees and other flora and block out industrial views on either side of park (skip laurel, ground shrubs, etc.).   Have a small dedicated Garden area with a unique layout and flora that might attract people like Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Pk.

10  PROMOTIONS & EVENTS

Summer events – BBQ,  Arts, Sculpture, Theatre, Music, Movies, Foodtrucks, Picnics, Bocce and other games…

 

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Those interested in joining the AHNA and volunteering at its second annual park clean-up and planting day on Saturday morning, May 20. Visit www.academyheights.weebly.com or find the AHNA on Nextdoor.com.

The AHNA was established in 2015 by local residents, David Kraiker and Ken Krasner. Andrew & Catherine Kit, Linda Cappaze, Robert Lasner and others have also contributed significantly to the mission of “preserving the integrity and serenity” and raising the profile of the neighborhood. It numbers more than 200 members. Although young, the AHNA has already made its mark, working closely with the town on projects like the proposed 4th & Valley development  and 320 Valley St. as well as Founders Park.

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Fourth & Valley

 

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I was encouraged at the most recent public SOPAC meeting which discussed plans for the proposed 106-unit development on the Southwest corner of 4th & Valley in South Orange. After many prior meetings over two years in which Village officials and neighbors worked with Meridia, the redeveloper, it appears that area residents are finally feeling that the project will improve the area and deal with potential issues regarding parking and traffic.
Architect James Haley of Haley Donovan made many changes requested by Academy Heights residents, breaking up the facades, setbacks and heights of the building to make it look more varied and organic to the neighborhood. The newest plan also shows a generous amount of public space to be enjoyed by neighbors – something residents said was missing at the Third & Valley development.  Now featured are extra wide (20′) sidewalks – generating more public space and potentially allowing for the widening of Valley Street should traffic studies call for a turning lane or other improvement.

Village President, Sheena Collum said the Village hoped to re-introduce the plan and agreements in January at a Board of Trustees meeting.  The redevelopment plan would then be referred to the Planning Board for approval, then back to the Board of Trustees for a hearing and a vote.

“Third & Valley did not have the robust public process this has had,” said Collum. “Credit the neighborhood for mobilizing.”  Neighborhood residents, David Kraiker, Andrew Kit, Linda Cappaze, Catherine Fisher and myself (and others) got together many times in preparation for our meetings with the town on this project.  Speaking at the SOPAC meeting, Andrew Kit said, “This is the ideal of what a public process should be like.”  We also were vocal about the 320 Valley project that has broken ground nearby.

As the town’s ‘vision plan’ has named the Valley St. corridor as one of the prime areas it’s looking to redevelop (in addition to South Orange Av & Irvington Av), it is very likely there will be interest in other sites nearby in the near future. If you’d like to get involved with contributing to shaping the future of the Valley St. corridor projects, please reach out to me – ken@kenkrasnerhomes.com

 

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Art Bender! party, marathon, create

bairdThe Baird is pleased to be an ArtBender Creativity Hub!

Enjoy 24 hours of creativity in and around the Oranges

in support of Arts Unbound

Two ArtBender opportunities will be at the Baird on Saturday, May 14 from 12pm to 4pm


1) Come play and paint with Denise Hayden of Funky Fun Art and help her create a fun funky mural that will be displayed at Art in the Park during the South Orange Summer Night series, Wednesday evenings in June and July.

2) Add your career to the Careers of SOMA map that will be created by Ken Krasner and you. Stop by and post your career icon or make your own small one. There will be refreshments! When completed, Ken hopes to have the map displayed at a public spot in town.

These two events will take place in the Baird Craft Room

5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Visit ArtBender to learn more and to see the full map of ArtBender creative hubs

 

 

 

 

Hey South Orange, Maplewood, Orange and anyone else with art to start or finish.

Check out this amazing new art marathon taking place for 24 hours on May 14-15. Below are links to the website and a fun promo.  Get involved!

http://www.artbender.org/

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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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128 Prospect Pl., South Orange, NJ

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Chic & Charming 4 bed, 2 bath Victorian on a great block has an easy walk or shuttle to MPLWD & SO trains, schools & shops. Front PORCH, Back Deck, Huge FAMILY ROOM & Recently renovated, modern KITCHEN & BATHS are some of the amenities in this beauty. Classic details that show the home’s CHARACTER include numerous BAY WINDOWS, a FIREPLACE, Hardwood Floors, Built-in shelves, Maple Kit Cabs, Dining room w/ built-in China cabinets. Master bedroom w/bulit-ins, Custom radiator covers. Great layout for entertaining. Active Neighborhood society. BRICK garage. Finished third floor has bedroom & lots of storage/cedar closet. Wired for FIOS.

click link below for more info

http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?report=clientfull&Id=96779417_501982

Spring Activity

 
Real Estate activity has been more robust this spring than in the recent past.  Here’s what I’ve sold recently or is under contract and due to close in June or July.
 
Just Sold
169 Scotland Rd., South Orange – buyer
117 Second St., South Orange – my listing
37 Edgar St., Summit – buyer
74 Essex St., Glen Ridge – buyer
34 Riggs., South Orange – buyer
25 Hickory, Maplewood – my listing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Under Contract/Attorney Review
46 Park Pl., South Orange – buyer
552 Hillside Terr., West Orange – my listing
350 High St., Orange – buyer
332 Ogden St., Orange – my listing
 

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