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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Photo of the Day 7/24/16


This photo shows Grove Park in South Orange.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Essex County Place to Report from Democratic National Convention


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Essex County Place will be reporting this coming week from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

From Tuesday through Friday, you will see live reports from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Wells Fargo Center in the City of Brotherly Love, where the convention is taking place. There will be dozens of speakers, including U.S. Senator and former Newark mayor Cory Booker.

Here's how you can see Essex County Place's coverage of the convention:

-Follow @PlaceNJ on Twitter to watch parts of the convention live on Periscope
-Like PlaceNJ on Facebook to see reports using Facebook Live
-Check PlaceNJ.com

Photo of the Day 7/23/16


This photo shows the East Branch of the Rahway River in South Orange.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Photo of the Day 7/22/16


This photo shows the First Watchung Mountain in West Orange as seen from South Orange.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Abandoned Essex County Hospital Center Demolished


Cedar Grove, New Jersey: One of Essex County's largest abandoned complexes is no more.

"After opening about 140 years ago, the old Essex County Hospital Center is now totally demolished", Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. tweeted today.

The abandoned complex, which was also known as Overbrook Asylum, was one of Western Essex County's best known landmarks. It was located along Fairview Avenue in Cedar Grove, near the Verona border. At the time of its creation, the facility was in a rural area far from the City of Newark, where most patients came from. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, the surrounding area saw an increase in development as more people moved from Newark to the suburbs.

Several county facilities were also located in the area, including the Essex County Penitentiary and the Essex Mountain Sanatorium. Both complexes have already been demolished, as was the former Hospital Center fire station.

A new Essex County Hospital Center opened along Grove Avenue ten years ago, causing the old facility to be completely abandoned. The old site was visited by many trespassers interested in exploring the building, causing the Essex County Sheriff's Office to frequently patrol the property. Dozens have been arrested at the Essex County Hospital Center in the past few years, and the facility has been featured on SyFy and the Travel Channel.

Now, a 77-acre park is coming to some of the property. Essex County Cedar Grove Park will include the Robert J. O’Toole Community Center, walking paths, benches, bocce courts, and a playground. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in May. In addition, hundreds of K. Hovnanian townhouses are coming to part of the land.

Abandoned hospitals across the state are either being converted to new use or are being demolished. The State of New Jersey recently demolished the former Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, Morris County. The site will become part of the Central Park of Morris County. In addition, the former Essex County Isolation Hospital in Belleville is being converted into apartments, and a vocational technical school is being built at the site of the former United Hospital in Newark. The former Hospital Center at Orange could soon see redevelopment, while the lot where the convalescent branch of the Newark City Hospital once stood on Irvington Avenue in the city remains vacant.

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Photo of the Day 7/21/16


There are two bridges over Third Street in South Orange. One is currently used by NJ Transit trains, while the other, covered in trees, has been abandoned for decades. It was once used to access a rail yard at the site of New Waterlands Park.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Plans Continue for Tucker View Apartments in Newark


Newark, New Jersey: A new development planned for Newark is moving forward.

The Tucker View Apartments will consist of two buildings in the South Ward of the city. According to a legal notice from the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment, Building A at 1041 Bergen Street, at the corner of Lehigh Avenue, will be five stories tale, and will feature 32 residential units, 14 parking spaces, and commercial space. Building B at 1057 Bergen Street, at the corner of Harding Terrace, will contain 10 residential units on top of a first floor community center. There will also be a rooftop deck on one of the buildings.

The property at 1041 Bergen had been a vacant tract for several years, and the Rittersbacher Building used to stand at the site of 1057 Bergen before being demolished to make way for the new development. The Bergen Street corridor is one of the few Newark neighborhoods to feature direct NJ Transit bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, and the area was highlighted in 2015 by the Better Block Newark project.

Newark-based Bergen Street Redevelopment, LLC is the project developer, and local firm C+C Architecture is the architect. Matrix New World of Florham Park, Morris County will be the engineer. The project will receive $1,300,000.00 in Federal HOME Program Funds from the City of Newark, and it could also receive a 30-year tax abatement.

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Developer Could Rehabilitate City-Owned Abandoned Homes


Newark, New Jersey: Abandoned properties in a Newark neighborhood could soon see new use again. 

According to a Newark City Council meeting agenda, the Newark Department of Economic and Housing Development (NDEHD) is proposing that the City of Newark sell two city-owned abandoned properties, both of which are located in the West Ward. 

The plan states that Hamlett Management, based out of Springfield, Union County, could acquire the buildings 527 and 529 South 16th Street, between 15th and 16th Avenues. 

The NDEHD is recommending that the properties be sold to Hamlett for $20,000. Hamlett is expected to rehabilitate the properties within a year for use as rental or for-sale housing. 

A large vacant lot owned by the city sits across the street from the property, but there appear to be no current development plans for it. There are schools, a police station, West Side Park, and bus stops within two blocks of the houses. 

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Photo of the Day 7/20/16


The Four Corners Millennium Project in Downtown Newark is planned for this lot across from the former Bamberger's building.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Construction Training Lab Planned for Newark Students


Newark, New Jersey: There may soon be more activities for children in a Newark neighborhood.

According to the City of Newark, the Department of Economic and Housing Development is planning to sell city property in the West Ward to a local non-profit organization. YouthBuild could acquire 131-133 South 12th Street in the Fairmount neighborhood of the city, between Central Avenue and 9th Avenue, close to the East Orange border. The long-vacant brick building at the site, once used for auto repairs, is slated to be rehabilitated and converted into a construction training lab for students within a year of its sale.

According to the organization,Youthbuild Newark "is an innovation-driven youth and community development agency that has drawn upon developmental theory and proven practices to serve Greater Newark’s disconnected youth for over twelve years". It is based just across the street along Central Avenue.

The Newark City Council will vote on the plan at its meeting tonight at City Hall.

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