The ‘Clifton Main Mews’ development is coming to 998 and 1000 Main Avenue in Clifton, between Highland Avenue and Hadley Avenue, just a few feet from the Passaic city limits. This project is being built in two phases, the first of which is nearly complete.
Phase I involves the construction of a new four-story mixed-use building at the site of two previously vacant tracts, which were acquired by Clifton Main Mews, LLC for a combined $1.105 million in May 2016, according to NJ Parcels records. The company is registered out of the Westchester County, New York offices of Regan Development Corporation in Ardsley.
When finished, according to Regan’s website, the building will contain first-floor retail space with 44 “fantastic apartments at below market rates.” The units will include one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments, and free parking will be provided on the premises.
If there is just one resident of a unit, that resident cannot make over $38,340 annually, whereas if there are six occupants, the household income cannot exceed $63,480. Units range in size from 699 square feet to 1,360 square feet, according to the Clifton Main Mews website. State records show that the project is receiving support from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Low Income Tax Credit Program.
Meanwhile, Phase II is just getting started, and although it will be part of the same development, it will be quite different from Phase I, except for the fact that all of the residential units will also be designated as affordable housing.
For over a century, a historic three-story industrial building has stood on the property, complete with two towers and a smokestack. Over the years, it has been used for a variety of purposes, from being the home of the early television manufacturer Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc.’s instrument division in the early and middle 20th century to containing a moving company, the Promagear martial arts equipment company, and Royal Luxury Linen in more recent years. The building, which is owned by Parsippany, Morris County-based Clifton-Highland Associates II, LLC, is now set to undergo what is likely the biggest change in its history.
According to Passaic County records, the building is slated to be converted into 92 residential rental units. 154 parking spaces would be provided on the property, and since the property is set back behind Phase I from the street, a new pedestrian walkway will be constructed to the Main Avenue sidewalk. It is not yet clear how many bedrooms will be included in each of the units. Passaic County’s Planning Board granted conditional approval to Phase II’s site plan back in April.
The properties are located within walking distance of a variety of shops and restaurants along the Main Avenue corridor, Weasel Brook Park, and bus service on New Jersey Transit’s 74 and 190 lines to Paterson, Newark, Rutherford, Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, and other areas.