IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington has been awarded a zero-percent interest loan of $600,000 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the governor to demolish 50 unsafe buildings in Irvington. The monies are part of the state’s Urban and Rural Center Unsafe Building Bond Loan Fund.
“On behalf of the Township of Irvington, I thank Commissioner Charles Richman of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, as well Gov. (Chris) Christie, for the $600,000,” said Mayor Tony Vauss. “This will allow us to demolish at least 50 more dilapidated and abandoned buildings. Since I have been mayor, we have taken down 26 such properties. Doing away with these properties has a positive impact on our neighborhoods and the township as a whole. Once they are down, the area becomes safer and cleaner and opens the way for development.”
The funds were part of a competitive program offered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. This is the fifth round of funding.