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Development Projects Slowly Begin to Move Forward

Huffman Koos project seeks Economic Development Authority funding; 7 Eleven set for May Planning Board

Sometime in the near future the empty fenced in three-acre lot where the former Huffman Koos used to sit on Main Street, will become a focal point of activity. The owners of the property, Route 4 - Main Street LLC, has begun the process of seeking financial support from the state Economic Development Authority after spending the past year performingDepartment of Environmental Protection cleanup of trichloroethylene.

"The owners spent $3 million on the remediation of the wells on the site," River Edge Borough Attorney Sam Cereste said. The clean-up efforts were a result of a former dry cleaning business on site. "They are taking the first initial step to getting the project going."

The Huffman Koos development project for a trio of retail buildings on site was approved by the Planning Board in 2007 and the former building was demolished the following year.

is slated to move down the street into a new 30,000-square-foot building on the property, with a 22,000-square-foot building set aside for smaller retailers.  current building will be converted into a pharmacy.

The Economic Development Authority has the ability to help finance suburban development projects under the Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) ProgramERG is considered an incentive for real estate development projects that have a financing gap, defined as having insufficient revenues to support the project debt service under a standard financing scenario. If approved, the project could receive up to 75% of the annual incremental State Tax and/or Local Tax revenue but must first go through an application process.

Another upcoming development project will be a 7 Eleven site plan application by Ideal Properties LLC at 584 Kinderkamack Road, Block 619, Lot 3. Initially set for hearings to begin on April 19, the application has been postponed to the May 17 meeting.

The property is located just off of Van Buren Avenue and adjacent to the .

According to the 7 Eleven website, the franchise views northern New Jersey as one of its growth markets. It also looks for locations that can handle at least 1,800 square feet of selling space, a 24-hour operation or a location that can convert to a 24-hour operation, and an electrical standard 600 amp, 3-phase service.

There are currently five 7 Eleven locations within a two-and-a-half mile radius of River Edge; two in New Milford, one in Dumont, one in Bergenfield and one in Paramus.

Dr.Doom April 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
7 Eleven - really???
GGT April 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM
What is wrong with a 7 Eleven? We are lucky to be getting anything there. Or are you one of the River Edge snobs who wanted a Starbucks. Or the silly residents in Oradell who turned down the Walgreens,
fedupnow April 21, 2012 at 01:57 AM
its ABOUT TIME something comes in. I inquired the former Mayor on this deserted site years ago. I am all for a 7-11 instead of years of NOTHING.
fedupnow April 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
another CVS or Walgreens lol what a waste. Why not something of some use to residents. Maybe a gym, small grocery, restaurants. oh well something is better than the dump we have now.
TomW April 21, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Yes, thank goodness it'll be a business and not a condo or multiple residental building!
BADMOUTH April 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Initially set for hearings to begin on April 19, the application has been postponed to the May 17 meeting. Why is this being delayed. If anything any sign of retail should be fast tracked.
Eamon Harbord (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 01:44 PM
From my understanding, the hearing was delayed so that the applicant could make sure their entire application was complete.
GGT April 23, 2012 at 02:20 PM
fedupnow: I get tired of explaining that the town cannot determine what kind of retail comes into town. Or force a particular retailer to come into town. If a gym, or a small grocery, or a restaurant. wanted to open in town than they would.
Davie April 03, 2013 at 06:14 PM
It amazes me how many residents of these towns that dot KKK Rd.do not understand the importance of a thriving developed shopping and public area. It not only increases real estate values but makes it more eye appealing a real bonus for the area.
Dick Gozinia May 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I am all for the 7-11. Just think slurpees 24/7!!!

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