HACKENSACK -- Progress continues on 395 Main Street as the Hanson Real Estate building came down on Wednesday morning. This project, part of the downtown rehabilitation plan completed in 2012, will become an apartment complex known as Sonehan Clinton Court Urban Renewal.The plan promotes:
1. Smart growth principles by creating zoning which increases development flexibility, reduces parking ratios and promotes mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development in the downtown .
2. Connectivity to existing public infrastructure, including the two NJ Transit Rail Stations, the NJ Transit Regional Bus Station and Routes 4, 17, 46, Interstate 80 and Garden State Parkway.
3. A mixture of uses with a variety of residential housing options to encourage walkability and active streetscapes.
4. Redevelopment and rehabilitation through architectural and neighborhood design standards that ensure high-quality development.
5. The implementation of a two-way street system.
6. Strategies which include municipal tools and mechanisms to promote revitalization.
For the first time on over 30 years, Hackensack has seen a significant residential development with 220 units completed and two other mixed-use projects with approximately 500 units currently under construction. The city has also experienced a wave of developer interest throughout the rehabilitation, with other missed-use projects either in the design or entitlement process. As part of the revitalization efforts to promote mixed use development with and adjacent to the downtown, Hackensack designated this property as an area in need of redevelopment.
In addition to the apartment complex, this project calls for the inclusion of street trees, street lighting, sidewalks, benches, planting pots and planters, tree grates, trash receptacles and bicycle racks among other features.
“This is part of our continued effort to revitalize the city, as well as lower residents’ taxes and ultimately improve quality of life,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “Cumulatively, all of the redevelopment going on in our city will result in taxes going down throughout the community.”
Director of Redevelopment Albert Dib said the project could be completed within the next 18 months.