HACKENSACK, NJ -- During their sole July meeting (they meet again Aug. 21) the Hackensack Mayor and Council voted on the introduction and adoption of a number of city ordinances on Monday night, that will affect our quality of life and the city's finances:

Special Improvement District

Among them were the Special Improvement District's (SID) extension from Atlantic to Sussex. SIDs provide a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development and promotion of their commercial district.

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"The extension will allow more property and business owners to take advantage of the same programs enjoyed by owners in the existing district,” said Director of Redevelopment Albert Dib. "These programs include facade, awning and cooperative ad grant programs; cleaning services; street plantings; events and media promotions.” 

165 new businesses and properties will be added as a result. Hackensack’s SID was chartered in 2004.


Splash Pads 

Another ordinance was introduced that would allow only children 12 and under to enter the city’s splash pads.

Located in Carver Park and Second Ward Park (also known as Polifly Park), the splash pads are popular summertime activities featuring multiple sprinklers and a large bucket which periodically dumps water. 

In the interest of protecting the safety of younger, smaller children, the proposed ordinance would not allow anyone over 12 to enter and encourages parents and guardians to maintain supervision. 

“Our only concern is the safety and security of these kids,” said City Manager Ted Ehrenburg. 

“This was an issue that was raised by some concerned citizens,” said City Attorney Steven Kleinman. “The splash areas are fairly small, confined spaces. You have individuals who may be much larger running around with little kids, it’s easy to see how those interactions could potentially be risky to those kids.” 

The council votes on final passage Tuesday, Aug. 21.


Zabriskie Street Redevelopment

The Mayor and Council also voted to approve the designation for a lot of land, located between Kinderkamack Road to the northwest, Route 4 to the north, NJ Transit Pascack Valley rail like to the east and Zabriskie Street to the south, to be designated for redevelopment. 

The Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend the governing body designate for redevelopment at a March 14 meeting, which the Mayor and Council then did at its April 10 meeting. 

New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing (LRHL) allows municipalities to prepare redevelopment plans which provide development plan which provides the development regulations and other standards to guide future development for the area. 

A number of site improvements have been performed, including removing all buildings from the sites with a number of conditions remaining. These conditions include raised manholes, clay pipes, piles of contaminated soil and grading with rock, stone and gravel. There were a number of environmental issues on the site which has led to the properties to go under environmental remediation. 

Permitted principal uses include: Appliance stores, book and stationary stores, business or vocational schools, department stores, dry goods and variety stores, fully enclosed theaters, furniture stores, hardware and building supply stores, hobby and craft stores, office equipment establishments, supermarkets, multi-family dwellings, painting and wallpaper stores, photographic equipment stores and telegraphic offices. 

The redevelopment continues Hackensack’s plans for a city-wide renaissance, which first began in 2012 and has grown in the years since. The plan provides a vision to transform the downtown area into a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly environment. 


Parking Garage and Lot Improvements

Lastly, the Mayor and Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance providing for parking garage and lot improvements at the Atlantic Street Parking Garage.

"The Atlantic Street Parking Garage is going to have its parapet and exterior brick repointed,” said Parking Manager Bill Daley. “There will also be waterproofing membrane applied to the top level extending down the ramps, partially below the upper decks. This waterproofing system will also carry over to the lower entranceways that extend into the garage. In addition, there will also be power washing away of stains and a repair of the curb." 

“This will ensure safe, easy parking for the HACPAC (Hackensack Performing Arts Center) and downtown generally for years to come,” added Dib. 

$130,000 will be appropriated for the improvements.