With Archer as Redevelopment Counsel, City of Hackensack Receives Award for Downtown Rehabilitation Plan

AND THE WINNER IS…(left to right) Peter Kasabach, New Jersey Future Executive Director, with the award-winning team for the Hackensack redevelopment project: Brian M. Nelson, Archer P.C.; Francis Reiner, DMR Architects; Jerry Lombardo, Upper Main Alliance; and John LaBrosse, Mayor, City of Hackensack.

The City of Hackensack, N.J., has been recognized by New Jersey Future, a statewide organization promoting responsible land use, which lauded the City and its partners, including redevelopment counsel Archer, for an ambitious and innovative downtown revitalization initiative.

New Jersey Future presented its annual Smart Growth Awards on June 5, 2014, at the organization’s yearly gala in the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club in Newark. The event drew nearly 300 land-use professionals, planners, attorneys, developers, and local and state officials. New Jersey Future winners are selected through a statewide nomination process by an independent jury of professional developers, architects, planners and redevelopment experts.

The City of Hackensack Downtown Rehabilitation Plan encompasses 163 acres and 389 individual properties on 39 city blocks centered on Main Street. The plan promotes a variety of land uses including retail, restaurants, office, commercial, civic and entertainment, along with a diversity of housing types, to create a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Archer Partner Brian M. Nelson, the City’s primary counsel for legal issues related to the redevelopment project, accepted the Smart Growth Award on behalf of the law firm. Mr. Nelson plays a key role in essential project functions such as drafting and review of plans, ordinances and resolutions that implement and govern the program.

The Smart Growth Challenge presented by New Jersey future was: How can an older, industrial city attract the investment needed to transform its downtown into a modern, walkable, livable, and sustainable urban environment while preserving its history and heritage?

The City of Hackensack, in partnership with Archer, DMR Architects and the Upper Main Alliance Special Improvement District (SID), came up with an innovative approach by designing new regulations to spur downtown revitalization. Critical components of the plan include new zoning provisions intended to facilitate quality revitalization through:

  • Increased development flexibility and density, allowing permitted uses throughout the downtown;
  • Lower parking ratios and provisions for shared parking;
  • Architectural, neighborhood and rehabilitation design requirements;
  • Recommendations to create a two-way street system to replace the city’s existing one-way streets;
  • Implementation strategies, including municipal tools and mechanisms to promote revitalization.

More information about the award-winning plan can be found at: http://www.njfuture.org/smart-growth-101/stories/2014-smart-growth-award-winners/hackensack-downtown/

About NJ Future

New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies. The organization employs original research, analysis and advocacy to build coalitions and drive land-use policies that help revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods and fuel a prosperous economy. For more information, visit http://www.njfuture.org/about-njf/

About Archer, PC

Archer PC is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and nine offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Shrewsbury N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington and Georgetown, Del. The Firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for 85 years. Each  office  provides full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in nearly every area of law including corporate, estate & trust, family & matrimonial, labor & employment, litigation, medical & personal injury and real estate services.  For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.

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