HACKENSACK, NJ -- Hackensack’s planning firm, DMR architects of Hasbrouck Heights, was honored with a proclamation at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Lloyd Rosenberg and city planner Fran Reiner were on hand to accept the presentation.

“They do a wonderful job in the city of Hackensack and recently we received a wonderful award by the Bergen County Historical Society for the reuse of the Masonic Lodge - turning it into a beautiful performing arts center,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “It was quite an honor.”

The purchase and rehabilitation of the Masonic Temple was one of the first project’s the city embarked on after adopting its downtown rehabilitation plan in 2012. Labrosse called the transformation a watershed moment for the city, that resulted in attracting dozens of real estate developers to invest in Hackensack’s revival. 

“Since then, DMR’s creativity and ingenuity can be seen all over Hackensack, from new traffic patterns to the new open spaces and new residential communities coming every day,” Labrosse said.