The Borough of Englewood Cliffs in New Jersey is moving one step closer to obtaining 800 Sylvan Avenue through eminent domain. Developer Senlac Partners has plans to construct a three-building development totaling 365,000 square feet, yielding 450 residences with 90 units of affordable housing. However, local government wants to build more affordable housing and public green space on the 28.75-acre site.
As reported on Jersey Digs, the Mayor and Council of Englewood Cliffs voted to advance an eminent domain ordinance on the lot once used by Unilever. The ordinance was initiated to stop Senlac’s plans, with the intention for the borough to purchase the property at fair market value for public use. Claims over the proposed project’s safety and public health issues have been raised in conjunction with the ordinance.
Englewood Cliffs’ plans for the site would deliver 120 affordable housing at 800 Sylvan Avenue, as well as a new municipal center and a commercial office building. Public green space along Sylvan Avenue is also included in the city’s plans, with two synthetic turf athletic fields and a passive natural park.
The ordinance requires approval during the next meeting before it can take effect as a law. According to the ordinance, next steps would require an appraiser to assess the fair market value of the land. The next meeting between the mayor and the Englewood city council is scheduled for July 14.