Monday, May 21, 2012
Two weeks now, the story what's up with Cliffside Park's Towne Centre. This past Friday, May 18, 2012 the article titled, "HUD rejects project," was part two offering answers to the residents and business owners who live around the "pit." It also effects the entire town as the owner isn't paying taxes, had it been and if it were today maybe all property owners would be paying less. I mean each parcel of land has a value, the value is what determins the taxes, if all of Cliffide park didn't pay taxes how long before our services came to a halt.
So I'm upset on the fact that the taxes are being paid as it fuels laziness on the project, oh were not paying taxes, so we put it aside for now attitude.
Then there's what I said in my blog, okay the town owns the land, lets use it for some other project, something that will generate income, generate foot traffic for the businesses, generate jobs, best yet generate taxes paid to the town. If I had this thought, and John Mirtchell, Chairman of the Bergen County Freeholders, shared last Friday, "Until they have a plan, the space could go to good use."
If the two of use are thinking this, how many others are, that we should landfill the pit maybe a park with parking meters around it, that's pretty basic. Add to that revenues and foot traffic from things like farmers markets, an Ice skating pavillion in the winter, a town poll and town health club / community center, there's so many possibilities other then a pit, an eyesore a drain on our town budget, the lose of new business owners and the loss of property value for everyone living around the pit.
Folks, the Cliffside Park Citizen has kept this story alive for two weeks now, the paper is empowering residents to act. Visit the Boroughs website http://www.cliffsideparknj.gov/Documents/AgendaMinutes.html and invite your neighbors both residents and business owners,let your elected local officials know, they are there to help you, things like business coalitions, neighborhood groups, trust me...if we had these, the pit would get the attention it deserves.
Monday, May 14, 2012
"Questions Still Lingers for Towne Centre," Cliffside Park Citizen, Friday May 11, 2012. I bet many of have questions other then what was written by Stacey Rosenfield.
When I read, "As previously advised by the municpal clerk the property question is owned by the borough of Cliffside Park and therefore there are no tax bills generated, I for one said, I bet the shop owners and residents taxes didn't have to be paid as well, or how about 1 quarter no taxes anything that would lite a fire under this project.
I'd challenge the town build by a determined date or lose it in the form of a park, anything but more years of this eyesore of a pit.
How about level it off and lease the land until something is built, or how about a new project, our town center could use a movie theather, ice skating rink, park that could be used to bring back the carnivals held in town, parking meters, flea markets, anything that would generate foot traffic and bring dollars to the surrounding store owners.
Lets make money not lose money, Cliffside Park like so many municiplaities are raising taxes, why well I guess it needs to offset the deadbeat properties who can't pay because they are broke and I guess because of the properties such as the one where this development is planned also not paying taxes.
These are my two cents, what's yours. Town shop owners should start a coalition and lobby the town at the Borough Hall monthly meetings, talking inside your shops, talking while siting there sipping coffee and tea while looking at the pit does very little, attend a meeting and let your voices be heard.
Up comming meetings and minutes of old meetings can be found in the above link:
Up comming meetings:
May 8, 2012
June 12, 2012
July 10, 2012
Call Borough Hall for the times in the evening 201-945-3456
Monday, May 7, 2012
last week 5/5/12
Borough of Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
ATTN: Sercan Zoklu
Borough Clerk, Mayors Office
Thank you for making the magic happen.
As we discussed the stones will protect the residents waiting for buses as well as the new bus stop.
Friends and Neighbors of the
Back Bay NAG
Neighborhood Action Group