Letters to the Editor

Mayor's Message - November 2017

Nearly $750 million in redevelopment is happening in every ward of the city. This unprecedented amount of redevelopment represents 5,000 residential units and nearly 300,000 square feet in retail and light industrial.    

Under the leadership of Valerie Jackson, Director of Policy, Planning and Economic Development, East Orange was ranked No. 16 on's Top 20 list of New Jersey's 566 municipalities with new construction permits in 2017.  

I am proud to highlight several of our new projects: 

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• Creative placemaking such as Novus Equities' Hue Lofts will provide new artist/live work spaces and help to launch the newly-designated Arts and Cultural District in the lower Main Street area of East Orange.

• Trend-setting, high-rise modern residential buildings such as Blackstone's Essence 144 on South Harrison Street and Beacher Development's 742 Park Avenue are attracting newcomers and returning residents from the NYC's five boroughs and neighboring communities throughout Essex County. 

• Affordable housing projects such as Townhomes on Eaton Place by La Casa de Don Pedro and the much-anticipated rehabilitation of 65-67 4th Avenue by Community Asset Preservation Corporation have also ensured that quality housing opportunities remain economically diverse and accessible.

• Corporate headquarters for Fantin Supply Showroom and Warehouse currently under construction along Martin Luther King Boulevard will bring both new jobs and new customers into our community to drive the economy.

• The East Orange Golf Course, which just surpassed its $1 million revenue mark, is fast becoming a premiere municipal golf course in Essex County. The new, sleek clubhouse and Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge is introducing new people to the golf course for leisure and play.  

• Elmwood Park Multi-Sport Court Rehabilitation Project, a state-of-the-art recreational space built by East Orange-based Tec-Con Contractors, includes five tennis courts, two handball courts and 20 ADA-compliant full-circuit fitness machines. The entire fitness area is ideal for exercise-goers of all ages at varying levels of intensity with enough space for group exercise classes. The park will be open from dawn to dusk. For more information on park programming, please contact the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973.414.4141. 

During this holiday season, I encourage you to visit the golf course or Elmwood Park to experience what is making East Orange set the standard for urban excellence and become a destination city.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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