Editor's Note: Rebecca Greene is a member of the EDC.

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Fair Lawn Economic Development Committee reviewed its 2019 accomplishments, and see further business growth in 2020, according to the group's chairman Steven Weinstein.

"We've been working with developers before they go to the borough as a filter to ensure their projects enhance Fair Lawn and add maximum value," Weinstein said, noting specific projects. 

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Weinstein is referring to the Kushner Project on Pollitt where several ideas have been discussed in which developers first discussed the ideas with the EDC and then approached the Borough Council. He said similar discussions occurred with Radburn Plaza and the ShopRite expansion. While there is nothing yet concrete with Pollitt Drive or Radburn Plaza development, ShopRite is progressing. 

The River Road location is proposed to be a distribution center once the new ShopRite on Maple Avenue is complete. The Maple Avenue location, previously a Pathmark, has been scheduled for interior demolition, Weinstein said. The area may appear dormant, but much work has been occurring behind the scenes.

"There have been many conversations and meetings with investors considering Fair Lawn," Weinstein said. 

Other accomplishments include: 

  • a final draft of a Planning Design Guideline (PDG) for the Radburn business district;
  • secured $20,000 from Columbia and TD Bank for the PDG;
  • a new EDC Building Department Committee working to streamline the permitting process; and
  • bringing together representatives from all business districts in Fair Lawn to form a Planning Committee to identify needs in each district and explore the idea of a borough wide improvement district. This initiative was presented to the Borough Council in December along with a business outreach survey. 

The EDC, as a group, has been pleased with its paid director, Maggie Peters, who has maintained detailed information and communications between government and potential developers. This has allowed for quicker progress in the tedious process of attracting business to the borough.

On the Borough Council side, Deputy Mayor Josh Reinitz has been appointed recently as Borough Liaison in place of former Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs, John Cosgrove.

The EDC meets monthly and is comprised of volunteer local professionals in various fields, including architecture, planning and zoning, engineers, real estate, education and communication.