Chatham Borough Accepts Land Donation for Passaic River Trail; Train Station Restaurant Still in Works

A restaurant at the Chatham Train Station is still a possibility if issues can be worked out Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council adopted an ordinance on Monday night, accepting the donation of a slice of land along the Passaic River that will be used to make a walking trail.

Tom Luciano, owner of the Commerce Street Association, has donated the 1.17 acre piece of land appraised at $468,00. The ordinance allows for an access easement on land still owned by the Commerce Street Association. The ordinance was adopted by a 5-0 vote.

Mayor Bruce Harris noted that the trail would run along the Passaic River from Summit Avenue to Watchung Avenue. 

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"There are two or three adjacent properties, where we need to negotiate easement agreements to fill in some gaps," Harris said. "It's been talked about for a long time. Vince (DeNave, borough engineer) has been talking to the property owners about it for some time. So it's hopeful."

In other business, Mayor Harris updated the prospects of New Jersey Transit leasing out the Chatham Train Station for the purpose of housing a restaurant. Prospective restaurant owners have been discouraged because of NJT communication equipment at the station, which makes it difficult to operate a restaurant at the Chatham station.

"New Jersey Transit has been in touch with us and they are continuing to work on some the issues that the interested parties said were barriers to putting a restaurant in," Harris said. "Although it may not be a priority for them, New Jersey Transit is working on it."

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