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Who owns the designated redevelopment entity? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Krakoviak   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 12:35

Who really owns the designated redeveloper of the Main Street Redevelopment project? Don’t look to the town resolution granting the revised long-term (30- or 35-year) tax abatement approved by the Town Council in February 2009, since it lists two different owners.


Some residents have asked for detailed information about the ownership interests and the financial aspects related to the project, particularly since the latest proposed financing includes a $28.9 million bond issue guaranteed by the town. Repayment is the obligation of the redeveloper and the buyers of the condominiums through the tax abatement and related creation of Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs). In the event of a default, however, the town guarantees repayment.


Last Updated on Sunday, 06 September 2009 22:43
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Mayor: First reading of revived ordinance for Redevelopment financing at Town Council meeting August 11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Krakoviak   
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 23:54

At the Mayor's Community Forum meeting at Gregory Elementary School on August 5, Mayor McKeon said the revived ordinance to approve the proposed financing plan for the Main Street Redevelopment would be presented at the Town Council meeting on August 11. That means the Council will vote on the ordinance at first reading next week. The Council typically doesn't take public comment about a proposed ordinance on first reading. Given the high profile of the ordinance, however, it may be possible for residents to speak about the issue during the public comment period of the meeting.

The Mayor also said that on second reading, the Council's vote must be unanimous for the ordinance to pass. Councilman Renard Barnes has recused himself from this matter, so the four other Council members will have the opportunity to vote. Counciil President McCartney and Councilmen Parisi and Anderton also attended. The Mayor said the Council has the option to delay consideration.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2009 21:21
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Mayor announces Redevelopment meetings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Krakoviak   
Friday, 24 July 2009 10:40

The Mayor has announced updated information about his meetings with the community on the proposed Redevelopment financing. He made the announcement in a letter to the editor in the edition of the West Orange Chronicle published July 23, 2009.
The Chronicle doesn't appear to have the letter online, so we can't link to it. However, in the letter, the Mayor says he's met with the board of the Downtown West Orange Alliance, the Life Christian Church, and more than 50 Realtors. He said he's also scheduled to meet with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and residents in Llewellyn Park. He does not give details on these upcoming meetings.

Most importantly, he has scheduled three "public meetings" August 5 at Gregory School, August 12 at Edison Central Six School, and September 9 at West Orange High School. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m.

He writes: "It is my intention to see that the community understands why creating a vivacious town center is the best choice for West Orange and that residents base their opinions on this topic using financial facts, not fear."

On July 26, the town sent out an e-mail to its E-mail Alert list and posted the schedule for the three "public meetings" on the town website.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2009 11:29
Recourse vs Non-Recourse, Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Krakoviak   
Thursday, 23 July 2009 00:02

The concept of recourse vs non-recourse bonds is a somewhat dull story except for the potentially explosive ending. Please bear with the explanation.

A key issue in the latest proposed Redevelopment financing plan -- this is the fourth version to go for approval before the Local Finance Board, an agency within the state Department of Community Affairs -- is a switch in whether the township and its taxpayers are responsible for guaranteeing repayment of the municipal debt the town would issue to help pay for the work.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2009 21:01
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