FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Planning Board has recommended the Dollar Tree Property in need of redevelopment after months of hearings. The next step: the Borough Council will review the matter.

Deputy Mayor Gail Rottenstrich said the Planning Board made the decision during a special meeting on July 15. The Council did not discuss the matter at its July 16 meeting.

A report, dated September 2018 commissioned by the Planning Board, described the property as "dilapidated".

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The Dollar Tree property, located at 21-01 through 22-23 Fair Lawn Avenue and 14-16 Plaza Road on the corner of Plaza Road and Fair Lawn Avenue, has been under scrutiny for years because of its poor condition, creating an eyesore in Fair Lawn's central business district, Radburn.

After several hearings on the matter, the Board made its decision, relying on its planner, CME Associates—a consulting and engineering firm out of Howell, NJ. Maryann Bucci-Carter of CME Associates has previously testified the property meets the criteria for an “area in need of redevelopment and more specifically as [a] condemnation redevelopment area." 

The Planning Board did all it can do legally. The issue is now in the Borough Council's hands. They are poised to  decide whether to actually designate the area in need of redevelopment, which only that governing body can do.

Insiders say the property owners may be ready to sell, which would enable a developer to come in and upgrade the area, working with the borough and specifications agreed upon to enhance the area for public good.