PATERSON, NJ - Despite social distancing guidelines and stay at home orders, Paterson’s Planning Board and Board of Adjustment continue to meet, and carry heavy workloads. On Wednesday, the Planning Board is set to meet virtually at 6:30 p.m. pdfand consider four projects.

Among them is the redevelopment of a surface parking lot and adjacent three story building in the city’s Great Falls Historic District, on land bordered by Van Houten Ave, Ellison Street, and Mill Street. The project, by Argus Ellison Associates, is proposing to bring a total of 90 residential units, including 84 units in a newly constructed 6-story building sitting on top of a two-story parking garage with 215 spaces.

Referring to it as a “catalyst project,” for the neighborhood and the city, Mike Powell, Paterson’s Director of Economic Development, said that the fullness of the agenda is an indicator that “despite the challenge of COVID-19 Paterson is still moving forward.”

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“The Sayegh Administration has had a clear vision since Day 1, and certainly dealing with a global pandemic was not part of it,” Powell told TAPinto Paterson, offering a reminder that the target residents for the new units are grandparents raising grandchildren. “However, as we all continue to adapt to a new reality, while also fighting to restore both the physical and economic health of our residents and businesses, we are working to make sure that the city’s future is as bright it was before the virus found its way into our community.”

Members of the public can watch the live stream online on Paterson’s YouTube channel or watch in the city’s public access channels, 77 for Optimum and 32 for Verizon. Members of the public can also participate in the public portion by calling 973-321-1579 and entering meeting ID 711 680 0071.

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