PASSAIC —The City Council has approved a redevelopment plan meant to entice landlords to fix up the aging multi-family homes and apartments that once housed factory workers’ families.
The area under consideration includes most of the city’s downtown and extends to east of Route 21, known as the Eastside.
“This area has been the topic of many redevelopment discussions during my administration,” Mayor Hector Lora said. “It encompasses our oldest housing stock and lowest income areas.”
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The move fits with existing plans to revitalize crumbling factory buildings and redevelop Eastside lots left fallow when industries declined.
The decision to create a wide-ranging redevelopment zone of some 3,400 properties comes on the heels of a study conducted by the Newark-based Topology firm, which was commissioned by the council in January.