FAIR LAWN, NJ – The Fair Lawn Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was recently awarded a total of $20,000 from two local bank foundations to complete a Planning Design Guideline (PDG) for the Fair Lawn Avenue corridor.

Earlier this year, the Planning Board designated two properties in the corridor, the Dollar Tree Property and the Topps Property, in need of redevelopment. The EDC determined a PDG necessary to redevelop the area within the character of Radburn and Fair Lawn as a whole.

The Columbia Bank Foundation awarded the EDC $15,000 as part of its grant program announced in the spring that promised to fund up to five community-based grants offering meaningful support to advance the local organizations’ objectives.

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The TD Charitable Foundation awarded the EDC $5,000 in support of the bank foundation’s mission “to support, respect and improve the quality of life for individuals and communities within the diverse communities where [they] live and do business.”

The EDC has hired a qualified planning, architectural and zoning consultant to create a Planning Design Guideline for the Fair Lawn Avenue Corridor which is within Fair Lawn’s Radburn section and encompasses the corridor along Fair Lawn Avenue between Route 208 and Abbott Road, including the Radburn Train Station Area.

According to its mission statement, the EDC is a public/private partnership bringing together the Borough of Fair Lawn’s commercial property owners, business operators, residents and organized business districts with the purpose of advocating, facilitating and coordinating the strengthening of Fair Lawn’s economic and commercial vitality.

The grants came after the Fair Lawn Planning Board designated two properties in Fair Lawn Avenue corridor adjacent to the train station in need of redevelopment, noting the poor condition of the buildings and grounds at both locations: the Dollar Tree property 21-01 through 22-23 Fair Lawn Avenue and 14-16 Plaza Road on the corner of Plaza Road and Fair Lawn Avenue; and the Topps Property, 22-02 Fair Lawn Avenue on the southerly side of Fair Lawn Avenue, 15 feet east of the railroad right of way.

The Dollar Tree Property has several viable businesses operating, including the Dollar Tree, Wells Fargo Bank and the RailYard Tavern. The Topps property, once a dry cleaning business, has been vacant for 15 years and continues in remediation.