Maplewood taxes increased by 1.92 percent

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee introduced a $45 million municipal budget for 2018 at its March 20 meeting; this budget will increase taxes by 1.92 percent, which is under the 2-percent state cap. The budget comes in at $45,006,883, which is $359,868.35 more than the 2017 budget. According to budget documents, $28,444,234 in […]

TC votes to purchase Eagle Rock property

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved a resolution that will allow the township to purchase property at 665 Eagle Rock Ave. to be eventually turned into a parking lot for shoppers. The resolution passed with a vote of 4-1, with Councilman Joe Krakoviak as the only opposing vote. The township is […]

OPINION: A grave misinterpretation of redevelopment law

By Joe Krakoviak I was the sole vote against creating the Essex Green Executive Drive Redevelopment Area at the Jan. 9 Township Council meeting, primarily because I believe it does not even come close to meeting the law’s restrictive standards. The state Legislature limited usage because the law’s authority allowing incentives could be abused. This […]

Town discusses Essex Green designation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Planning Board discussed the possibility of the Essex Green shopping center and office buildings becoming an “area in need of redevelopment” at its Nov. 1 meeting, after town planner Paul Grygiel presented a report to the board that showed the redevelopment needs of the complex in West Orange. […]

Exterior restoration at Edison Village nearly complete

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Exterior building restoration is nearing completion at Edison Village, the site along Main Street being redeveloped by Prism Capital Partners, according to a press release from Prism. According to Eugene Diaz, principal partner at Prism, the project has progressed at a rapid pace. Edison Village, representing the largest non-waterfront adaptive-reuse project […]

Edison Village redevelopment featured at conference

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Prism Capital Partners’ Edwin Cohen spoke on a redevelopment-focused panel at the prestigious Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development this fall. The Bloomfield-based commercial real estate firm’s Edison Village in West Orange served as an example of the best practices and innovative strategies driving New Jersey communities forward, according to […]

Four run for 3 seats on Board of Trustees

Clarke, Hilton, Saeed and Schnall vie for three open seats on South Orange’s governing body

Four run for 3 seats on Board of Trustees

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange residents are not lacking qualified candidates to choose from in the 2017 Board of Trustees election, which sees two incumbents and two challengers running for three open seats. Incumbent running mates Walter Clarke and Stephen Schnall are both coming off successful first terms on the board, respectively distinguishing themselves […]