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west side of Passaic Ave. which is likely be a “design constraint” for future development there, he said. Still, Tessier said, the town can find some positives in the fact that existing retailers in the area like ShopRite, Applebee’s and Burger King “are doing well. Those are hints of what will work here.” Also, Tessier said, “If you took down certain structures, you could come up with five commercial retail yields for 10 pad sites and five midsize big box retail facilities that would generate 541,000 square feet of commercial/retail – if you took the handcuffs [bulk standard restrictions] off.” Additionally, Tessier said, the town should reconsider its current prohibition on drivethrough uses for such things as fast food places. “I can’t say that would tip the balance but you should discuss it,” he said. “Get a consultant and re-do the plan.” Santos said the town is getting some proposals for “small residential in-fill. The bat factory and Inland Steel sites could have the potential for residential development,” comparable to the new St. George Apartments in neighboring East Newark. As for the drive-thru issue, Santos wasn’t particularly receptive. “If it leads to fast food proliferation, I don’t think that does anybody any good,” he said.
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station. Robert J. Tessier, a proof learning how to better fessional planner with showcase the site for DCA, recommended prospective developers. that the town consider Mayor Alberto Santos making its bulk standard said: “We’ve not had requirements for retail much success, in part, operations less restricdue to the bad economy tive. The plan now calls and, in part, due to for no more than 40,000 environmental issues square feet for singleso we’ve focused on the story retail and a maxiadaptive re-use of existmum of 120,000 square ing buildings.” feet for two-story retail. The plan advises And, Tessier said, setting aside a 46-acre requirements for such shopping center district things as “decorative with retail, banks, movie walls” for parking contheaters, health clubs figurations are “all addand deck parking; an ing costs to prospective 11-acre “overlay district” developers.” within the shopping Envisioning a watercenter district for mixed- front plaza park facing use development of mudflats and industrial artist live/work spaces, scenery in Newark isn’t galleries, night clubs, going to be “a pretty picrestaurants, bars, fitness ture for people sitting on centers, offices; a 28-acre their decks in condos,” area also for “mixedso the town needs to uses,” and a 3-acre be more realistic about residential district off those prospects, Tessier Belgrove Drive and Clark said. Ave. that could include Kearny needs to spur senior housing and/or action on cleaning up assisted living facilities. the “brownfields” (areas Drive-thru uses would of contamination) in be prohibited throughout the area, Tessier said. the area. Despite a memorandum The plan suggests of agreement with some creating a mixed-use property owners to clean district in the Toch up certain sites, “there’s Industrial Park complex been no movement.” including lofts, retail, of- The town also needs to fices and entertainment press the railroad on a uses. It also proposes a right-of-way abandonpassive waterfront park ment situation on one on the west side of Pasproperty where “there saic Ave., along with a is siding going to a dead continuous waterfront track.” He said DCA is walkway; improved peworking with the state destrian crossings across Department of TransporPassaic Ave.; wider tation to try and resolve sidewalks; separation of it. “That could be a big vehicular and truck traf- lift,” he said. fic where feasible; and Then there’s the isa jitney service to and sue of the “flood plain” from the Harrison PATH running through the PASSAIC AVE from
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