Englewood Cliffs Goes Forward on Eminent Estate Process at 800 Sylvan Avenue for Affordable Housing

800 Sylvan Avenue. Render courtesy of Senlac Partners

The borough of Englewood Cliffs in New Jersey takes one step closer to obtaining 800 Sylvan Avenue via a prominent estate. Developer Senlac Partners intends to construct a three-building development totaling 365,000 square feet, producing 450 residences with 90 affordable housing units. However, the local government wants to build more affordable housing and public green space on the 28.75-acre site.

Shots of Englewood Cliffs borough for 800 Sylvan Avenue.

Shots of Englewood Cliffs borough for 800 Sylvan Avenue.

As reported on Jersey Digs, the Mayor and Council of Englewood Cliffs voted to advance a prominent estate 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. Complaints regarding the safety and public health concerns of the proposed project have been raised in conjunction with the ordinance.

Englewood Cliffs’ plans for the site would provide 120 affordable housing units at 800 Sylvan Avenue, as well as a new civic center and commercial office building. The public green space along Sylvan Avenue is also included in the city plans, with two synthetic turf sports fields and a passive nature park.

The ordinance must be approved at the next assembly before it can enter into force as law. According to the order, the next steps would require an appraiser to assess the fair market value of the land. The next meeting between the Mayor and Englewood City Council is scheduled for July 14.

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